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The Granbury Backer: Wine’s New Heavyweight Player

The backer behind the recent acquisitions of WineWare, eWinery Solutions and WineWeb is an ├╝ber-savvy, successful, no-nonsense, straight-talking M&A and corporate turn-around player with a personal bankroll big enough to go eye-to-eye with Bill Foley. He earned big-time street cred while at Cerberus and since, has rolled through one success after another with a no-frills […]

Hill Wine Debacle: Napa Valley Cab: $2.93/Bottle, $5/Gal

IMPORTANT NOTE: Hill Family Estate as well as William Hill Estate Winery, are not affiliated with, nor owned by the same families as The Hill Wine Company in this and previous bankruptcy articles. The Hill Wine Company Chapter 7 bankruptcy is stumbling towards complete liquidation via auction, foreclosure, eviction, and trustee asset sale. That’s resulted […]

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Silicon Valley Bank’s Earthquake Assessment Letter – Full Text

This is the full letter, unedited. Colored text has been added in some places for emphasis. This article is available to subscribers of Wine Executive News, the premium online content service of Wine Industry Insight. Wine Executive News subscribers please click here to read the complete letter and damage assessment details.

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Crimson Wine Buying Sonoma Vineyard With 98-Year-Old Zinfandel Vines

Crimson Wine Group (OTC: CWGL) has agreed to pay $2.6 million for a 24-acre Sonoma County vineyard parcel containing 13 acres of Zinfandel vines planted circa 1916. Wine Executive News subscribers please click here. An 8-K filed with the by Crimson Wine on August 29, said the land — on Piner Road north of Santa […]

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Earthquake engineers and scientists headed for Napa quake zone

NOTE: The following was submitted by structural engineer and winery earthquake researcher Joshua Marrow. Marrow’s name may be familiar to many because he has written extensively for Practical Winery & Vineyard. He is requesting that wineries in the quake zone reach out to him regardless of whether they have been damaged or not. His efforts […]

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Napa Wine Industry Quake Help Forum Created

Napa quake help forum re-designed to be more user friendly. (Fired 3rd party site with ads). Forum also has NEW link: HEADACHES UPDATE: Aug 25 — The forum vendor I selected sucks. The registration is too long and the posting too complicated…I will be changing this as soon as I can. I apologize but […]

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Wineries Assessing Damage of Napa Area 6.1 quake

PLEASE REPORT DAMAGE IN COMMENT SECTION OF THIS ARTICLE Napa and Sonoma County wine businesses are rushing to assess the damage from a 6.1 earthquake epicentered west of the Napa County airport in the eastern part of the Carneros AVA. Wineries, vineyards, warehousers and others with photos, information and damage to report should do so […]

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Vineyards = Ugly Environmental Disasters Says L.A. County

NOTE: The author of this article, Lewis Perdue, is familiar with both Los Angeles and politics in general. He served on the faculty at UCLA in the 1980s. He has served as a top aide to a U.S. Senator and a state governor. Most of his education has been in physics and biology. He received […]

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L.A. Vineyards: Spat, Snit, Snot

This is the second in a three-article series: Why Does Los Angeles Hate Grapevines? OPINION: L.A. Grape Spat: Credibility Crisis and Elitism L.A. County Lists Staggering Number of Uses Permitted in Santa Monica Mountains SNIT This controversy has all the hallmarks of a governmental snit. I’ve sensed all these foul smells both as a journalist […]

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Gallo Gets Taste Of Its Own (TM) Medicine

E. & J. Gallo Winery has become notorious for filing (or threaten to file ) trademark lawsuits in some of the most ludicrous cases: Nail Polish, shoes, salt and pepper shakers (Some external links in this old WII piece are no longer maintained by the original source). Pasta Pizza kits (from someone unfortunate enough to […]

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