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Emad Tawfilis Family Files Lawsuit for Murder-Suicide at Dahl Vineyards

NEWS RELEASE The family of Emad Tawfilis, an investor who was slain in March by Robert Dahl, namesake of the Dahl Vineyards, has filed a lawsuit against Dahl’s wife,  Janelle Dahl, as well as others, in Napa County Superior Court The lawsuit, filed May 14, seeks unspecified damages, but includes both compensatory and punitive damages against […]

Cameron Hughes Wine Forced Into Receivership, Sale/Merger Likely

NOTE: All hyperlinked court filings are available in their entirety for Wine Executive News premium subscribers. Please see related article: Cameron Hughes Issues A Statement On Court Case The Clara Street Company, dba Cameron Hughes Wine (CHW) and Sales Pros, has been placed in receivership by the Superior Court of San Francisco at the request […]

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards & Moët Hennessy USA Square Off In A Pair Of Delightful Legal Battles

Joseph Phelps Vineyards and Moët Hennessy USA have squared off in a sour confrontation over sweet wine labels. The battle is playing out in two separate proceedings: one in federal court and the other in the trademark appeals process. The battles should also be a wake-up call for other wineries especially those with older trademarked […]

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Aided By USDA Funding, Calif Wine Exports Continue Growth Despite 2014’s Stumble

Despite a stumble in 2014 exports, exports of California wines have continued to grow in volume, value and price per gallon. As the chart below illustrates, wine exports from California have increased more than six-fold since the mid-1990s. Much of that success is due to the Market Access Program (MAP),  which is part of the […]

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Wine Institute’s Shrinking Representation Of California

This is one of a series of articles profiling the California Wine Institute. Other articles in the series include: Wine Institute’s Shrinking Representation Of California Questions The Wine Institute Found Un-Tenor-able Please check the “Featured” category at  Wine Industry Insight for other articles in the series.   One of the biggest questions the Wine Institute […]

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Wine Institute Facing Changed Industry Climate

This article is the first in a series on California’s Wine Institute.   The Wine Institute is the nation’s oldest and largest wine trade association, having represented California vintners since 1934. Despite its preeminence and longevity, it is facing  a changed competitive climate: California wines continue to lose market share to imports. The Institute itself […]

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Treasury Wine To “Right Size:” Sell Asti Winery, Move Ops To Central Coast, Consolidate Napa Bottling + Aus Reorg

Treasury Wine Estates is following through on its previously announced plans to reduce costs by consolidation and sales of assets which it said will be completed by the end of 2016. In a statement issued today, the company said it could save AUS$35 to $50 million per year by taking the following actions among other […]

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Did Killer Vintner Want This To Be His Investor’s Forced Confession At Gunpoint?

Previously in Wine Industry Insight: Ambush Murder/Suicide Settles Napa Valley Winery Legal Dispute Out Of Court Courts Closing in On Robert Dahl And His Napa Valley Wine Ventures Napa Wine Finance Deal Tangled In Court Suits Charging Money laundering, Usury, Fraud, Securities Violations Lexington Street Files Court Papers Alleging Robert Dahl Felonies Dahl & Napa […]

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Ambush Murder/Suicide Settles Napa Valley Winery Legal Dispute Out Of Court

Previously in Wine Industry Insight: Courts Closing in On Robert Dahl And His Napa Valley Wine Ventures Napa Wine Finance Deal Tangled In Court Suits Charging Money laundering, Usury, Fraud, Securities Violations Lexington Street Files Court Papers Alleging Robert Dahl Felonies Dahl & Napa Point Winery Object To Napa Court Ruling On Wine & Tanks […]

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Deerfield Ranch Winery Chapter 11 Filings Show Unusual Financial Strength

By the time most troubled companies make it into bankruptcy court, they are financial corpses or on life support surrounded by creditors eager to grab whatever they can: spare change, uneaten Jello from dinner, the TV remote control, or the patient’s slippers, pacemaker, medication, or body parts that can eventually be divided up in a […]

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