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Duarte signs consent decree to settle federal court case over Tehama County plowing case

Without admitting guilt or liability or accepting the federal charges against him and his family’s nursery, John Duarte has signed a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) to end his long, grueling fight with the Army Corps of Engineers (CoE). DoJ attorneys had sought $2.8 million in fines and substantial more in […]

Duarte Trial Judge Blocks Key Expert Evidence: Says Would Hurt Federal Government’s Case

Federal District Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller has refused to admit testimony of two expert witnesses whose evidence indicates that the wetlands that John Duarte is accused of harming were, in fact, not harmed. The reports also assert that the government’s experts erred in fundamental ways.   According to Mueller’s written opinion (premium link), published […]

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Ripped? Not so much. U.S. Attorney promotes unsubstantiated & inflammatory allegations in Duarte plowing case

  The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) attorneys prosecuting the case against John Duarte’s Tehama County wheat farming case have consistently overstated their case by deliberately using inflammatory allegations such as ” deep ripping” to describe tillage that their own expert witness testimony puts in various reports at 7 to 14 inches.   (Right click […]

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Trump “re-codification” of WOTUS fails to clear up or change Clean Water Act confusion or regulation. Farmers, property owners left in limbo

  Comments on he re-codification are open for 30 days, at “Waters of the United States” – Reinstatement of Preexisting Rules — Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203   The  “re-codification” of pre-existing rules for “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) announced yesterday by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) fails to clarify the existing confusion […]

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Download a PDF of Lew’s PowerPoint Presented at the International Bulk Wine & Spirits Symposium on July 26, 2017

For best results, download and save (do not automatically open). Desktop browsers work best because mobile sometimes has issues. Get your link here: http://lewisperdue.com/archives/4842  

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Wine Market Council Spends Most of Its Money On Management Fees – Just 16-23% on Research: WII DataGraphic

Exclusive content for Wine Executive News Premium Subscribers Members should log-in for a full-sized image, IRS Form 990s and the PowerPoint PREMIUM SUBSCRIBER LOG-IN Below are two links that lead to the same premium content: (1) Long-time subscribers billed by CCBill should click this link UNLESS they have an American Express subscription that has expired […]

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Duarte Opens Two New Legal Assaults In Federal Court Battle With Corps of Engineers

Late breaking this morning: American Farm Bureau jumps into Duarte fight   John Duarte has opened two new legal assaults against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) which is demanding more than $2.8 million in fines and damages related to his plowing of a Tehama County, California field in order to plant wheat. Motion […]

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Caymus Finalizes Permits and Planning for Second Solano County Winery

Caymus Winery is leaving yet another prominent footprint in Solano County with approvals nearly complete for second winery. This new one — Caymus-Suisun — is a  200,000-gallon facility in the Suisun Valley AVA west of Fairfield in the mountainous foothills which separate Napa and Solano Counties. It may also be a set of footsteps to […]

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Premiumization accelerates at retail. Upper Price categories grow: Nielsen

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Bronco’s Bleu Wine blues appear headed toward a sparkling conclusion

Blue in Style LLC — a subsidiary of Bronco Wine Company — and its Blanc de Bleu sparkling wine brand appear close to prevailing in a federal lawsuit charging breach of contract and trademark violations associated with a joint venture which produces a blueberry-flavored sparkling wine.   Bronco is asking for a jury trial, triple damages, […]

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