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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 […]

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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Bright Cellars Moves to #17 in Top 20 Wine Venture Fundings with $8.5 million round

  Milwaukee-based Bright Cellars announced a $8.5 million Series A round last week, bringing their funding total to at least $13.46 million. That total moves them into #17 in Wine Industry Insight’s WineTech Finding series.   That funding, led by AOL co-founder Steve Case’s D.C.-based Revolution Ventures, put Bright ahead of Saucey and knocked Wine […]

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Teeter-Totter Sues Palm Bay International/Wine Over Mouse, Elephant & Seesaw

Au Contraire says these labels are not similar. Teeter-Totter says, “Au contraire!” And a federal court case ensues In one corner, the plaintiff: Teeter-Totter LLC, small Napa Valley winery owned by vintner Benoit Touquette whose wines have received outstanding 90+ ratings from Parker, Galloni, Cellar Tracker and other fine wine critics since his first vintage […]

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National Consumers League, CSPI + 67 other groups petition TTB for ingredient labeling for AlcBevs

“We write as consumer organizations with a longstanding interest in alcoholic-beverage container labeling. We appreciate recent efforts by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to streamline the labeling of these products through its proposed rule on “Modernization of the Labeling and Advertising Regulations for Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages” (Notice No. […]

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DtC Report methodology still obscure: lack of disclosure makes current analysis untrustworthy & irrelevant for business decisions

Shipcompliant blasted out a mass email Feb. 13 that seemed to promise some degree of transparency for the data manipulation process: “The Highlights and Methodology of the 2019 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report.”   Sadly, that email contained no actual methodology beyond that of its original announcement. As a result, this offered no more assurance on […]

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BeatBox bests Saucey, moves into #16 position in Wine Tech fundings with $15.87 million

This is part 2 of a 2-part premium double feature. The first article is at: Leading Millennials to wine? Sell the fun and don’t call it wine! But will BeatBox go the way of wine coolers and Annie Greensprings?   Beatbox makes a wine-based fruit beverage with 11.1% ABV. Its 5-liter box contains the equivalent […]

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Beatbox leads Millennials to wine by selling the party (and not mentioning wine!) Did Mark Cuban buy into the future or another Annie Green Springs?

This is part 1 pf a 2-part premium double feature. The second article is at: BeatBox bests Saucey, moves into #16 position in Wine Tech fundings with $15.87 million.   It’s fun, cheap, tasty/fruity, quaffable, intoxicating and all dressed up to party! Especially for the younger demographic that segues toward GenZ.   But is it […]

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UPDATED: Wine Institute receives $6,482,501 from USDA Market Promotion Program for Export Promotion

  UPDATE:   On Feb. 12, the USDA released a list of ATP Funding Allocations which confirmed that The Wine Institute received $9,789,190. However, it is unclear and unstated whether this amount is in addition to the $6,482,501 from USDA Market Promotion Program previously reported by Wine Industry Insight.   The USDA has not responded […]

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