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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 […]

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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World wine output bounced back in 2018 from a 60-year low

NEWS RELEASE,  APRIL 11, 2019 – SOURCE: International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)     Speaking from the OIV’s headquarters in Paris on 11 April, Director General Pau Roca presented information on wine production, wine consumption and international trade in 2018.   This exceptionally high level is a clear departure from the historically low […]

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2018 California Final Grape Crush Report; Total crush 4.5 Million tons, up 6.2% from 2017

Download Complete 2018 Crush Report Report as PDF The 2018 crush totaled 4,506,583 tons, up 6.2 percent from the 2017 crush of 4,241,945 tons.   Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,447,930 tons, up 8.8% from 2017. In 2018, Chardonnay continued to account for the largest percentage of […]

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2018 California Preliminary Grape Crush Report Out Next Week – April 10.

NEWS RELEASE   2018 CALIFORNIA PRELIMINARY GRAPE CRUSH REPORT – Ciatti Global Wine & Grape Brokers Comment   (April 4, 2019, Novato, CA) – The California Department of Food and Agriculture will release the Preliminary Grape Crush Report for 2018 harvest on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at noon.   The Ciatti Company will be supplying […]

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Thirstie Advances to #17 in WineTech Fundings; Displaces Saucey, Boots Kuvee Out of Top 20

Thirstie has integrated its services with brand-oriented websites that take orders from consumers. The orders are then sent to Thirstie for the “last mile” of on-demand delivery. This differs from on-demand services Drizly (#3/$69.56 Mil) and Minibar (#23/$6.8 Mil) which operate their own apps that accept orders directly from consumers then deliver using purchases from […]

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At Least Two Wine or AlcBev People Charged in College Cheating Scandal: Full coverage, transcripts, court documents

Napa Valley vintner Augustin Huneeus, and SF Peninsula spirits entrepreneur Marci Palatella  are among the parents charged with crimes by the Department of Justice.   The overall case is very well covered buy the mainstream media. Wine Indusyry Insight has dug more deeply and have links, below, to all of the Federal Court Documents as document […]

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College Cheating Scandal — Marci Palatella — From Department of Justice Complaint Pages 96-107

Marci Palatella Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.   Palatella, a resident of Hillsborough, CA (south of San Francisco), founded Preservation Distillery and has a long-time involvement in  liquor distribution.   Below is a direct, unedited excerpt from pages 137-143 of   DoJ Complaint.pdf Note: In the full document, CW-1, CW-2, […]

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College Cheating Scandal — Augustin Huneeus, Jr — From Department of Justice Complaint Pages 96-107

Agustin Huneeus Jr. Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.   Huneeus, of San Francisco, owns Huneeus Vintners, which owns Quintessa and numerous other wine brands.      Below is a direct, unedited excerpt from pages 97-108 of DoJ Complaint.pdf Note: In the full document, CW-1, CW-2, and CW-3 are identified by […]

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