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Wine Institute dues down, salaries up. Income faces 1/3 cut from Trump USDA Budget – DataGraphic

The full Wine Industry Insight DataGraphic along with a PowerPoint version and copies of the IRS Form 990 source materials are available to Wine Executive News premium subscribers who should scroll to the bottom of this post for access links. Access Link Information Because our billing company of the past nine years was bought by […]

“Gotta Read” content boosts your readership. Here’s how to create it.

This article looks at how a recent blog post by Rob McMillan, EVP and Founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division hit a home run in readership.   That post — Restaurant Wine Sales Collapsing for Small Wineries —  was one of the blog’s top-10 all time widest read posts according to its author.   The […]

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Napa Valley Vintners Assn sees big growth in revenues — WII DataGraphic

The Napa Valley Vintners Association’s revenues increased dramatically between 2012 and 2014 as fundraising events rose to 46% of its $8,049,349 income, according to the most recently available Form 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service.   The IRS Form 990 is required to be made public by all federally tax-exempt non-profit organizations.   It […]

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Treasury, Ste. Michelle quietly settle “Dueling Stags” legal spat

Treasury Wine Estates and Chateau Ste. Michelle have quietly settled their “Dueling Stags” legal spat.   The settlement was filed May 25. No details have been made public and both parties have agreed to pay their own attorney’s fees.   The court document is available here for Wine Executive News premium subscribers. Previous Wine Industry […]

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Jeffry Hill enters plea deal in federal wire and mail fraud case

Jeffry Hill has entered a plea deal in the federal felony wire and mail fraud case associated with a Napa Valley vintage and appellation fraud scheme. Wine Industry Insight reported on May 16 that the deal was pending.   The documents have been sealed. WII will report on the results as soon as public information […]

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Congressional Committee takes up Duarte plowing case: Calls on US Attorney General to explain “DOJ Overreach”

NOTE: Scroll to bottom for links to Wine Industry Insight’s complete coverage of this issue which will affect all vineyards and other agricultural land use. Press release | May 26, 2017 Goodlatte, Conaway Call on Attorney General to Evaluate DOJ Overreach in Prosecuting WOTUS Violations Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) […]

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Jeffry Hill sanitizing web reputation as plea deal grows likely in federal felony case

Jeffry Hill, who is free on bail after his Nov. 2, 2016 federal fraud charges, has been “webwashing” his reputation as a leg up on vocational rehabilitation once his plea deal with prosecutors is finalized.   Hill was originally scheduled to appear in San Francisco Federal District Court last Tuesday (May 9) for a status […]

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There are at least 9 reasons why most people don’t buy wine or other alcbevs online

Wine Executive News subscribers please click here to access the full chart and the following premium files: PowerPoint file with 9 full original charts along with annotations and observations Excel file with data used to create the charts Original data from Harris Poll Subscribe to Wine Executive News now: And get the rest of this […]

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Farm loan delinquencies up at commercial banks while non-ag declines

Source: Federal Reserve Bank, KC NOTE: Fed economist Matt Clark told Wine Industry Insight that the date reflected in the chart, above, is “from all commercial banks in the US, and this section [B] is meant to represent the ‘stock’ of agricultural lending in the nation.”

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Most people — including Millennials and GenX — would not recommend buying alcohol online

Premium Wine Executive News subscribers can click here to view a much larger image of this 4-plex chart and also each of the four charts individually in even larger formats.

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