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Jeff Hill likely to escape punishment for major wine scam

Jeffry Hill is the mastermind of one of the largest wine and grape fraud cases to hit Napa Valley but is unlikely ever to face any punishment for his key according to multiple sources at the TTB who have previously expressed their frustration in communications to Wine Industry Insight. The remainder of this article is […]

Napa County winery visits appear to exceed legal use permit allowances

  In 2018, 3.85 million people visited Napa County. Each of them visited an average of 3.7 wineries according to survey research conducted by Destination Analysts on behalf of Visit Napa Valley. That makes for an estimated 14.25 million winery visits.   However, Napa County Use Permit data indicates that the number of verifiable permitted […]

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Constellation mute and clueless about losing 19K gallons of Mendo wine. The grower is selling her vineyard because she “can’t take it anymore”

See also: related article. Dorothy Vassar spent 53 years growing wine grapes in the Redwood Valley area of Mendocino County, and loved working with some of the state’s well-known brands.   But her experience with Constellation Brands has been so traumatic that she’s throwing in the towel on her lifetime passion and selling her vineyard.   […]

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26-acre family vineyard with quality Petite Sirah and Zinfandel grapes listed at $775K. Home site possible.

See related article.   Dorothy Vassar spent 53 years growing wine grapes in the Redwood Valley area of Mendocino County, and loved working with some of the state’s well-known brands.   In 1965, she started a two-acre vineyard with her husband (who died in 2008), and gradually grew it to 18 acres of Zinfandel and 6 […]

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Suisun growers move to adjust state’s crush district lines to accurately reflect wine grape values

For more than  two years,  the the Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association (SVVGA)  has been working to put some distance between its wine grapes and those of the eastern Solano County.   They have now begun to put their words into action with a formal request to the California Department of Food and Agriculture […]

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Federal court judge denies Bryant Family Vineyard gag order for former financial consultant

Bryant Family Vineyard’s effort to open a West Coast legal front against its New York-based former financial consultant was denied by a San Francisco federal district court judge on Friday. The case stems from a lawsuit filed in June in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in which the consultant, Lauren […]

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Bryant Family Vineyards’ Financial Consultant Amends Complaint, Gets Sued by Bryant Alleging Non-Disclosure Violation

  NOTE: Hyperlinked documents, below, are available for premium subscribers.     Bryant Family Vineyards sued their financial consultant on July 31. The action came  just one day after the consultant filed an amended complaint in the case.   As first reported by Wine Industry Insight on June 3, the consultant — Lauren Ridenhour — […]

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Triumph Cellars (formerly Calistoga Cellars) Implodes

Previously in Wine Industry Insight: Triumph Wine Group Crowdfunded Financial Offering Marred by Inadequate Disclosure, Misleading Language, Flawed Business Plan WII article prompts Triumph Wine Group to amend SEC filings & web site, but lacks vital state permit to legally make wine   Triumph Cellars (formerly Calistoga Cellars) seems to have gone all “404” along […]

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Starmont wine facility buyer is long-time San Francisco entrepreneur/charitable benefactor and no stranger to wine

  Today’s Wine Industry Insight News: Starmont Carneros Winery Facility Sold to Private Investor – Brand to remain with Schlatter Family Buyer is Prominent entrepreneur and SF Bay Area charitable benefactor This entire article is for premium subscribers only. Premium Subscribers Log-In Here: CCBill premium subscribers, please click this link. Stripe premium subscribers, please click […]

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Bronco, Gallo & other large wineries dominate Napa County with 70% of permitted production

While the name “Napa” has come to represent pinnacle of American ultra-fine wine ,in reality, 45% of the permitted production is vested in two companies with budget wine reputations — Gallo and Bronco.   Those two companies account for approximately 45% of all permitted wine production in Napa County, according to Wine Industry Insight’s preliminary […]

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