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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.) […]

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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Calif Wine Retail Sales Value Soars 25% from 2014 to 2014 (Not a typo)

After yearly increases of a billion dollars or so (plus or minus) every year since 1998, the estimated retail value of California wine to the United States has made an astonishing leap.   As shown in the images below, 2014 went from $24.6 billion when the estimate was published in 2015  to $30.3 billion in […]

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Napa Valley vintner & drywall mogul forced into corner by bankruptcy court

Southern California drywall mogul Michael Ru Bello, who federal records allege looted his company to support a luxury lifestyle that included a Rolls Royce, thoroughbred race horses and a Napa Valley winery, may have been forced into a corner by a default on an $18 million payment settlement agreement.   Bello is listed in bankruptcy […]

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Women may not always be your best wine buyers. Data says things vary with age.

A long-held maxim in wine marketing is that women are your best customers. However, new data indicates that can be true or false depending on age. Here are four charts looking at that along with competing beverage preferences Greatly enlarged, individual chart images are available to Wine Executive News premium subscribers at this link. Data […]

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Suisun/Green Valley vineyards get respect from Napa & seek more distance from Solano Delta grapes

Suisun Valley AVA and Green Valley wine grape growers say their fruit is very different from the rest of Solano County and deserves a lot more respect — especially in prices paid for their grapes.   Allied Grape Growers (AGG) agrees and notes that those areas are almost entirely within the North Coast AVA and […]

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2016 World wine production down 3%, US up 10%, global consumption holds steady

Global wine production declined 3.2 % in 2016, down to 7 billion gallons (267 million hectolitres – mhl) from 7.3 billion in 2015 according to an International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV)) news conference today in Paris.   United States was among the winners with a 10% increase:   Wine consumption stood at 6.4 […]

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