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Malibu Coast AVA Devastated By Woolsey Fire – Some structures saved by vines

By Lewis Perdue with extensive assistance from the Malibu Coast Vintners and Grape Grower’s Alliance   Vineyards and wineries in the Malibu Coast AVA have been heavily damaged or destroyed by the still-raging Woolsey fire in the coastal hills west of Los Angeles. Neglected by the California Wine Institute, and once demonized by Los Angeles […]

2018 Worldwide wine production rebounds after historically low 2017 vintage – OIV

 2018 vitivinicultural production is third-highest since 2000. Source: OIV news release

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Kuvée brings in $8.25 million before biting the dust at #16 in WineTech funding + Bonus #15 (SevenFifty)

SevenFifty is #15 in WineTech funding, but that profile is a premium-only feature, no free preview.   Redacted content available for premium subscribers. The full chart and additional articles are available to Wine Executive News Premium Subscribers who may  Log-In Here: CCBill premium subscribers, please click this link. Stripe premium subscribers, please click this link […]

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At $20 million, Vinfolio (after 15 years of financial instability) moves into #12 position in wine tech funding series

NOTE: Given the wine industry’s general lack of financial transparency, the confirmed investments in this article are most likely lower than actual amounts. Wine Industry Insight sent a courtesy draft of this chart to the company and requested any corrections or comments. No response was received.   Vinfolio was founded in 2003 by wine collector […]

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Young’s Market VP Narito named by Wine Searcher in Somm Scandal

  NOTE: Wine Industry Insight has reached out to Narito via Twitter, LinkedIn, and by leaving a comment on his web site (The Reggie Report). We are awaiting a reply. Wine Searcher identifies Master Sommelier at heart of Somm Scandal LinkedIn – Reggie Narito, VP of Fine Wine at Youngs Market Company LinkedIn profile back […]

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Saucey ranks #13 in wine venture funding survey, #2 in on-demand delivery

On-demand delivery service Saucey ranks #13 in Wine Industry Insight’s wine venture funding survey with $10.2 million in investments. That compares with competitor Drizly’s $53 million which is ranked #5 in overall venture funding and #1 in the on-demand market. Data in this segment is fragmented, and this ranking could change as more data is […]

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MailChimp could cancel you for violating this “Catch 22” rule that every marketer ignores

This is the first of a multi-article series. Source: eMarketer More than 80% of online marketers are concerned that marketing tech vendors might expose their companies to legal risks.   Facebook’s latest data breach affecting more than 50 million accounts certainly amps up worries because the #1 social media site serves as a vendor to […]

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WX Brands – Winetech funding #10: Edges out DRINKS. Probably ranks higher but the data is too hazy to know

New data for WX Brands has moved it into the #10 slot for winetech fund, edging out DRINKS. The company most probably should be higher, but no data is available to support that supposition.   The full charts and additional articles are available to Wine Executive News Premium Subscribers including: Background Weathering the DotCom Bubble […]

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$15 million in new funding elevates DRINKS into Wine Tech Funding Top 10

DRINKS — Drinks Holdings Inc. (DHI) — has moved into the #10 slot in Wine Industry Insight’s Wine Tech Funding Top 10 with a $15  Million series B round of funding. DRINKS’ new funding moves Plum into the #11 spot       The full charts and additional articles are available to Wine Executive News […]

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Jeff Hill’s secret fraud trial indicates he may be an informant. Court removes indictment travel ban for job, but Hill has lost job

The case of Jeffry James Hill’s curious, delayed, and very secretive federal court case on criminal fraud charges may be somewhat closer to a possible explanation.   While the official court record has suffered from a preponderance of sealed documents, Wine Industry Insight has learned that Hill may have become an informant working with prosecutors. […]

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