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Penrose Hill/Firstleaf sued, complaint alleges civil rights violations of disabled web site access. Class action requested

  New York resident Kareem Nisbett, who is legally blind, has sued the Penrose Hill wine company alleging civil rights violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), and the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL).   A summons has been issued by the court, but Penrose […]

Relief! California 2019 preliminary crush: 3.89 million tons., down from 4.28 million tons in 2018

Entire Report: California 2019 Preliminary Crush Report (pdf) Red wine down 12.8%, white declines 4.3% The 2019 crush (including table grapes and )totaled 4,085,772 tons, down 9.3 percent from the 2018 crush of 4,506,010 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,135,112 tons, down 12.8 percent from 2018. […]

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When wine grape oversupply hands you financial lemons, making lemonade comes in handy

Regardless of whether the wine market is flat, declining, or ready or a big downturn, the market situation is a sour one for wine grape growers: Are you ready for the cyclical downturn in the US wine market? U.S. wine consumption drops for first time in 25 years Oversupply of premium wine, slower sales growth […]

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Kunde, Vintage Wine Estates Continue Smoke Taint Insurance complaints as individual cases in Federal court

Kunde Winery and Vintage Wine Estates  (VWE) have renewed their battle with their insurance companies charging that valid claims for almost $20 million in smoke-tainted wines from 2017 were not covered. The two wine companies filed suit last fall in Sonoma County Superior Court against National Surety Corporation (Allianz), Certain Underwriters At Lloyd’s, London – Royal […]

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Wine’s faulty recommendation methods are driving consumers to hard seltzer, BeatBox, spirits, cocktails, craft beer & other drinks

These are the many reasons current wine recommendations can never work (PPT)   Note: The link, above,  is 15.4 MB Powerpoint file, and may take several seconds to download.   Then link, above, is a Powerpoint from the new company that invented Clans — an algorithm that provides recommendations that are accurate 72 to 90% […]

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Mailchimp can be a black hole of privacy liabilities for its users

ASSOCIATED WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT ARTICLES A top litigator takes a close look at Mailchimp and CCPA (premium article, subscribers scroll down to log in) MailChimp could cancel you for violating this “Catch 22” rule that every marketer ignores Mailchimp can be a black hole of legal and regulatory liabilities that dumps all privacy compliance on […]

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Rabobank analyst issues warning to AlcBev Industry

  In December 2019, Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research sent its clients a major research report by Beverage Analyst Bourcard Nesin. The 15-page 2020 Alcohol E-Commerce Playbook is a deep dive into industry data, performance and  outlook.   But, unlike most analyst reports, this one contained “A Final Warning to Beverage Industry Executives.” Nesin told […]

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Breaking the doom loop: Wine desperately needs AgTech to get out of its slump.

NOTE: This aricle’s author, Wine Industry Insight publisher Lewis Perdue’s business, financial and technology reporting includes Dow-Jones, TheStreet.Com, Wall Street Journal Online, Marketwatch, InfoWorld, InfoWorld, PC World, TechWeek, Embedded Systems Journal and others. He helped start a company bought by Cisco and later founded PocketPass, the first mobile phone merchandise payments system, and . Lew […]

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A Bryant Family Legal Footnote – Co-Trustee of Family Trust sues Bettina Sulser Bryant & third-co-trustee

Becky Hubert — sister of the ailing Donald L. Bryant — has sued Bettina Sulser Bryant and St. Louis attorney Thomas R. Corbett for non-payment of trustee fees. Hubert, Sulser Bryant and Corbett are all co-trustees of the Donald L. Bryant Jr. Revocable Trust and the Donald L. Bryant Jr. Family Art Trust. The suit […]

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Vineyard House Seeks Injunction To Stop Constellation Brands From Using “To Kalon” Labeled Wines

  See also: original 2019 Wine Industry Insight coverage at this link: To-Kalon lawsuit dismissed, but “iconic” still all about myth, Benjamins, and grapes at $38K/Ton   NEWS RELEASE (unedited) — Nov. 20, 2019   YESTERDAY, The Vineyard House, LLC (TVH) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to enjoin Constellation Brands U.S. Operations, […]

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