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Calif ABC Handed Its Head In A Bag By Appeals Board Which Rips Agency and Rejects Its Winery-Bottlerock Tied-House Cases

Note: This is the main story in a total of four on this case. The other three are linked from this article. Appeals Board quotes are in red The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been handed its regulatory head in a bag by the ABC Appeals Board which resoundingly rejected every tied-house allegation […]

Appeals Board Opinion Tears Into ABC and ALJ on Tied-House Rules, Schools Them on The Differences Between Evidence and Speculation

The following excerpts (in red) from the Appeals Board’s opinions exemplify its sharp criticism of the ABC and the ALJs in the 2013 Bottlerock tied-house cases. These excerpts are a sample, but not a complete compendium of all the Board’s extensive negative comments. Appeals Board quotes are in red Bold, italic emphasis has been added […]

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What is “tied-house” and why is it a thing?

Direct excepts from the Appeals Board’s opinions Appeals Board quotes are in red. Footnotes and citations have been omitted and extra paragraph breaks added for readability. At the heart of the tied-house issues in this case are: California Business and Professions Code section 25500, subdivision (a)(2) (hereinafter, section “tied-house” prohibition) which  says that winegrowers cannot […]

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Finra’s Hambrecht Action No Surprise to Wine Industry Insight readers

The Finra action should come as no big surprise to readers of Wine Industry Insight. Here is a sampling of our original coverage: Hambrecht Debt and Legal Woes Keep Mounting Hambrecht Sells Floodgate Vineyard To Pay Obligations Truett-Hurst Sues Hambrecht Over Winery Eviction Effort Hambrecht To Leave Truett-Hurst Board Mapping Part of The Hambrecht Empire […]

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Napa is missing a prominent sommelier (and his defunct wine brand and failed shipping service

  Prominent New York sommelier Michael Greenlee has gone missing from Napa Valley along with his failed wine brand, and defunct direct shipping company. Left behind are an unpaid court judgment brought by a former winery client along with a series of unanswered questions, evasive and contradictory statements, claims to a company that does not […]

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WineDirect Continues To Dismantle Itself – Unloads Telesales/Direct Outbound Unit

This is an issue for Wine Executive News premium subscribers. It contains an article about a WineDirect transaction followed by links to industry data. Wine Executive News subscribers please click here to read the complete article. Not a Wine Executive News subscriber? Subscribe to Wine Executive News now, and get the rest of this original […]

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The bankrupt owner of the bankrupt Premier Cru has Wells Fargo’s $100K supercharged Corvette and they want it back.

Even as complaints about Premier Cru Fine Wines continued to mount on Yelp and The New York Times, John Fox — the now-bankrupt owner of the now-bankrupt wine company — found time to stop into a Bay Area Chevy dealership and buy a 2016 supercharged Corvette[$ VIP pdf]  loaded with goodies and worth more than […]

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Calif. Preliminary 2015 Wine Grape Crush Report Down 5% from 2015 – 3.7 Million Tons

Other resources and analyses Ciatti: 2015 California Winegrape Crush; A Tale of Two Harvests: Valley vs Coast Allied Grape Growers – 2015 Preliminary Crush Report Turrentine Press Release Feb. 10, 2016 Click here to download the entire report (pdf). News From: United States Department of Agriculture & National Agricultural Statistics Service SACRAMENTO – The 2015 […]

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No wine among most valuable global brands. Bud Light, Bud and Heineken place in bottom 50%

No wine brands turned up in the 2015 ranking of the world’s 500 most valuable global brands, according to Brand Finance, an independent intangible asset valuation consultancy. Source: Global 500 2016 Methodology According to Brand Finance, their methodology “calculates brand value using the Royalty Relief methodology which determines the value a company would be willing […]

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Specifics of the Peju Province-Acacia deal: Price, financing, asset description and maps

Peju Province Winery, LP paid $[premium content] million for the former Acacia Winery and [premium content] acres of land according to Napa County records. Slightly less than half of the property is planted to vineyards. The winery is part of the winery portfolio which Treasury Wine Estates did not want to retain after its 2015 acquisition […]

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