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Winc’s registered investment offering closes Friday

This is a draft article updating our previous article:Winc (Formerly Club W) comes in at #7 In WII’s Winetech funding survey. I normally would not publish a draft, but the various Cornonavirus disruptions have put me way off my schedule and I need to get this out quickly because the company has a  SEC-registered Rule […]

Dueling To Kalon lawsuits — Constellation & The Vineyard House — scheduled for trial in federal court

  The dueling lawsuits concerning The Robert Mondavi Winery’s near monopoly over the use of the To Kalon designationon wine played out to a Coronavirus-empty court room in the San Francisco U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District Of California.   Instead of in-person appearances, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers ordered lawyers for Constellation Brands […]

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Advertising integrity issues still plague Wine Business Monthly as email to advertisers fails to address concerns raised by media buyers, ad agencies and auditors

NOTE: The author of this article, Lewis Perdue, is an award-winning investigative journalist, and has worked in a senior position with J. Walter Thompson advertising, and as a managing director with MSLGROUP/Publicis. He has taught journalism and communications as a member of the regular faculties at Cornell University and UCLA. He is the founder of […]

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Anemic subscription base may have prompted Wine Business Monthly’s questionable advertising promotions

EDITOR’S NOTE: It is important to recognize that the news and articles created by Wine Business Monthly’s editorial staff remain a superb and invaluable industry resource. That editorial effort deserves more professional, transparent advertising support that meets industry standards for integrity.   About the author: Lewis Perdue has worked in a senior position with J. […]

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Large block of stock in Wine Business Monthly’s parent company available

NOTE: This article was updated at 6:57 a.m.,  Feb. 27,  after the arrival of new information.   A large  block of equity stock in Wine Communications Group (WCG) — the parent company of Wine Business Monthly (WBM) — is available from the estate of the late Frank LaHaye who passed away April 21, 2019.   […]

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VC wine Investments are hibernating. AgriFoodTech gets no traction.That’s why we’re looking at the AlcBevs that are stealing vino’s market share.

Since late last year, we’ve been trying to update our 2018/2019 WineTech investment series. However, little has happened in the field with existing companies profiled, or with  new investments that meet our “low bar” cutoff of $1 million total investment.   We’ve spent way too many weeks and hours chasing a story that seems in […]

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Penrose Hill/Firstleaf sued, complaint alleges civil rights violations of disabled web site access. Class action requested

  New York resident Kareem Nisbett, who is legally blind, has sued the Penrose Hill wine company alleging civil rights violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), and the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL).   A summons has been issued by the court, but Penrose […]

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Relief! California 2019 preliminary crush: 3.89 million tons., down from 4.28 million tons in 2018

Entire Report: California 2019 Preliminary Crush Report (pdf) Red wine down 12.8%, white declines 4.3% The 2019 crush (including table grapes and )totaled 4,085,772 tons, down 9.3 percent from the 2018 crush of 4,506,010 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,135,112 tons, down 12.8 percent from 2018. […]

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When wine grape oversupply hands you financial lemons, making lemonade comes in handy

Regardless of whether the wine market is flat, declining, or ready or a big downturn, the market situation is a sour one for wine grape growers: Are you ready for the cyclical downturn in the US wine market? U.S. wine consumption drops for first time in 25 years Oversupply of premium wine, slower sales growth […]

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Kunde, Vintage Wine Estates Continue Smoke Taint Insurance complaints as individual cases in Federal court

Kunde Winery and Vintage Wine Estates  (VWE) have renewed their battle with their insurance companies charging that valid claims for almost $20 million in smoke-tainted wines from 2017 were not covered. The two wine companies filed suit last fall in Sonoma County Superior Court against National Surety Corporation (Allianz), Certain Underwriters At Lloyd’s, London – Royal […]

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