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Bankruptcy Court to Formally Consider Sullivan Vineyards Sale on Dec. 11

A formal hearing on a proposal to sell Sullivan Vineyards will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Santa Rosa courtroom U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. The hearing follows an oral discussion during a hearing on Oct. 30, (previously reported by Wine Industry Insight) at which the Bankruptcy Trustee […]

Global tech entrepreneur emerges as white knight to end bitter Sullivan Vineyards bankruptcy

A globally successful technology executive entrepreneur has emerged as a white knight who is expected to make an 8-figure, all-cash offer to settle the bitter and contentious bankruptcy of Sullivan Vineyards by buying the winery and vineyards for an amount sufficient to reimburse all creditors and still leave some equity for the Sullivan family, according […]

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Jeffry Hill plea deal may actually be happening (again) — One year after his arrest

All sides have been silent and non-responsive to Wine Industry Insight queries since the first sealed documents were filed back in May. We will continue to follow-up. For details, see: The Mystery of Jeffry Hill’s Secret Federal Court Files Continues. Is Grape Fraud OK With Feds?

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North Bay wine economy at bigger risk in wildfire disaster than stated by analysts

A number of bank and other financial analysts have misconstrued the importance of North Bay wine grapes to the overall California wine economy and need to rethink their assessments.   A number of those analysts have stated that potential damage to vineyards and wineries is of little concern because — as one bank analyst said,  […]

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Constellation Brands scores some WEED in Canada

UPDATE 6:47 a.m. PDT 10/30/17: Bloomberg: WEED shares up 7%+ in early trading on news of buy-in by Constellation Brands. Use real-time link, below to get real-time quote.   FROM NEWS RELEASE, October 30, 3:41 a.m. Constellation Brands to Acquire 9.9% minority stake in Canopy Growth Corporation (WEED:CN) Says no U.S. Cannabis sales until legal […]

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Sullivan Vineyards must be sold, cannot be reorganized says Bankruptcy Trustee. Family pushes back.

Sullivan Vineyards cannot be managed out of bankruptcy and should be sold in an orderly manner according to the court-appointed trustee Timothy Hoffman who says he has retained  “Napa Valley’s best” wine broker. The Sullivan family has disagreed with that conclusion and has filed a fourth Chapter 11 plan and disclosure statement.   The remainder […]

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Bright red aerial fire retardant may be a lot more toxic than manufacturer says. Scientific Study Casts Serious Doubt on Validity of Toxicity Documents

Wine Industry Insight’s October 24 article — Phos-Chek: Deadly to salmon, cautions for wine grapes, sketchy data on human effects, confusion among public officials — raised scientific questions about the actual toxicity of the fire retardant that played such a key role in controlling the historically damaging wine country wildfires this month.   In that […]

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Phos-Chek: Deadly to salmon, cautions for wine grapes, sketchy data on human effects, confusion among public officials

However, the sketchy and fragmented data available about the uncertain safety of fire retardant on wine grapes indicates that — even if safe — those should not be harvested or made into wine because of regulatory issues over unauthorized substances that might be detected in the finished products.   ALSO NOTE: No information could be […]

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Wine Country Fire damage at $1 Billion & will rise. Light rain and cool temps offer hopes for containment by Tuesday. Satellites see no hot spots. — Updated at 7:53 a.m. PDT 10/20/17

Satellite data map from Cal Fire updated withmost recent 12-hour satellite pass.   See previous coverage here (May be useful for historical Cal Fire data):   N. Calif wine country wildfire situation expected to intensify as wind picks up. Fires continue to grow; Red Flag Warning Tonight + Today’s current fire maps and status updates […]

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Wine Country burned acreage up as Stubborn Pocket Fire flares. Containment creeps ahead. Death toll up by 1 – Crisis mode segues to long slog toward control as evacuees return home- Updated 8:13 a.m., 10/19/17

This article and headline updated at 8:13 a.m., 10/19/17 to reflect new data from Cal Fire and from the most recent 12-hour satellite pass.   See previous coverage here (May be useful for historical Cal Fire data):   N. Calif wine country wildfire situation expected to intensify as wind picks up. Fires continue to grow; […]

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