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Starmont wine facility buyer is long-time San Francisco entrepreneur/charitable benefactor and no stranger to wine

  Today’s Wine Industry Insight News: Starmont Carneros Winery Facility Sold to Private Investor – Brand to remain with Schlatter Family Buyer is Prominent entrepreneur and SF Bay Area charitable benefactor This entire article is for premium subscribers only. Premium Subscribers Log-In Here: CCBill premium subscribers, please click this link. Stripe premium subscribers, please click […]

Bronco, Gallo & other large wineries dominate Napa County with 70% of permitted production

While the name “Napa” has come to represent pinnacle of American ultra-fine wine ,in reality, 45% of the permitted production is vested in two companies with budget wine reputations — Gallo and Bronco.   Those two companies account for approximately 45% of all permitted wine production in Napa County, according to Wine Industry Insight’s preliminary […]

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UPDATED: To-Kalon lawsuit dismissed, but “iconic” still all about myth, Benjamins, and grapes at $38K/Ton

  NOTE 1: This June 28 article has been updated today to reflect a response received yesterday from Vintage House.   NOTE 2 : To-Kalon has variously been written as To Kalon and ToKalon. We have chosen to use the version with a hyphen because that is the style used by the U.S. National Park Service […]

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Valuable oral contract guidance to be had in Bryant Family federal lawsuit

  NOTE: The text below is redacted and reformatted for improved non-lawyer readability. Among the changes are the elimination of various legal references, shortened paragraphs etc.   The full original document can be found at this link (for premium subscribers)   Attorneys are consistent in recommending that agreements be captured in written contracts, state laws […]

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Wine industry fails to respond to the serious flaws found in Lancet study “debunking myth” of healthy moderate alcohol consumption

  NOTE: A link to this article was published in the May 15, 2019 issue of Wine Industry Insight’s daily “News Fetch.” The wine industry has not lifted the smallest of its pinky fingers to inform consumers of the numerous, well-documented fatal flaws in the study published on The Lancet.  Failing to act contributes to […]

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Bryant Family Vineyards facing serious financial accusations in federal court

  Bryant Family Vineyards — one of the most expensive Napa Valley “cult” wineries — may be experiencing financial problems according to a complaint filed in a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The winery is one of the original cult wines to emerge during the early 1990s, along with wineries […]

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Boisset, Eisele, Vin-Go, Icon Wines among top creditors in Montesquieu Chapt 11 & yacht debacle

EDITOR’S NOTE:The original headline for this article contained the phrase “bespoke collection of wines… whicb is not the same as the “Bespoke Collection.” This offers a lesson in branding because the use of a common adjective such as “bespoke” carries many opportunities for confusion. The “Spirit of the East” is still sailing the world, but […]

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Napa Valley vintner Agustin Huneeus admits guilt in college admissions bribery scandal: Headline correction

This headline in the May 22 issue of News Fetch was incorrect: “Napa Vintner Huneeus gets 15 months in prison, $300K fine after guilty plea in college bribery scandal. Calif ABC says may revoke winery license.” In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors recommended a 15-month prison sentence and a $95,000 fine. The ABC is […]

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A DC wine collector’s first-hand account of how wine storage fraudster put him “out of business”

NOTE: This company was located in Maryland and has no connection to Safe Harbor 3.0 in Napa County. The following is from a single post from a collector describing what he lost because of William Holder’s fraud at Safe Harbor Wine Storage.   The entire thread offers a chilling tale of trust betrayed. It also […]

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Calif winegrape acreage up 6.3%, but non-bearing soars 20.5%

Quick Summary: Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay clear #1 in bearing and non-bearing. Pinot Noir and Petite Sirah #2 & 3 among red varietals. Pinot Gris & Sauvignon Blanc #2 & 3 among white varietals. Excerpts Data on type and county plantings at Full report: California Grape Acreage Report 2018 (PDF)

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