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Entertainment Properties Trust Exits Wine Biz, CEO Exits Company

Entertainment Properties Trust (NYSE:EPR) has finally exited the wine industry after losing at least $130 million over the past six years. And fast on the heels of that exit is the abrupt and immediate departure of its CEO and President, David Brain, whose replacement by the firm’s COO was immediate according to EPR’s 8-K filed […]

Deerfield Ranch Winery Says Chapter 11 Resulted From Shoddy Rabobank Actions

Deerfield Ranch Winery’s Feb. 13, 2014 Chapter 11 filing should never have been necessary but for shoddy treatment by senior secured lender Rabobank according to a winery declaration filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California (Santa Rosa.) The declaration by Robert Rex, winery co-founder and winemaker charged that Rabobank had dealt […]

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2014 Calif Wine Grape Crush: 3.91 Million Tons, 3rd Largest Ever

 News From: United States Department of Agriculture & National Agricultural Statistics Service California crushed 3.91 million tons of wine grapes in 2014 according to the  Preliminary Crush Report from the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). That is down 7.9% from 2013′s 4.246 million tons but is still the third largest […]

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FDA Friday A.M. Update: Assessing Safety Of Agglom Corks Needs More Work

Just received at 7:55 a.m. Friday in response to Wine Industry Insight’s request for further information. This makes clear that the safety issue of TDI in agglomerated corks is still up in the air and needs more work. No conclusive proof they are not safe. Some indication that they may be. A rush to judgement […]

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FDA, Diam Respond To WII Request For Comment On Agglom Corks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) belatedly responded Wednesday to Wine Industry Insight’s weeklong efforts to gather information for its article regarding wine corks containing TDI. Diam also issued a statement (reproduced in its entirety below). The EPA has not responded to the status of corks in their TDI rulemaking process. Wine Industry Insight […]

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Micro-Agglomerates: 350 Million Illegal Corks Per Year?

See: FDA, Diam Respond To WII Request For Comment On Agglom Corks for updated information.   Agglomerated cork manufacturers and importers are facing scrutiny from two major federal agencies over health concerns about the plastic used to bind bits of cork glued together. The concern is that chemicals in the binding plastic can leach into  […]

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WineGavel Owner Gets Jail For Embezzlement

The owner of WineGavel is finally going to jail, two and a half years years after Wine Industry Insight first broke the story of disappearing wine and mis-managed auction. See WineGavel Sued By Rare, Fine Wine Collectors for that original 2012 article. The Napa Valley Register reported this morning that Joshua Krummenoehl, 41, of Brooklyn, […]

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NY Times Uses Hill Wine Company Debacle To Take A Shot At Napa Valley

Napa Valley’s reputation took a hit from the New York Times on Sunday in an article about the Hill Wine Company implosion and Jeff Hill’s antics. The article: in “Vino Veritas. In Napa, Deceit” offered a general interest summary that hit a few of the high points of this highly complicated case. In the process, […]

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Jeff Hill Pleads Not Guilty To Grape Theft

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. As the Hill Wine  Company liquidation winds down to its last hurrahs, the various criminal and civil lawsuits against the company and […]

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Hindsight Sues Benessere, Charges Multiple Expensive Custom Crush Mistakes

Allegations of custom crush operations gone bad have turned into a lawsuit for breach of contract and negligence brought by Calistoga-based Hindsight Vineyards against Benessere Vineyards of St. Helena. Hindsight’s complaint, filed in Napa Superior Court (document for premium subscribers), alleges that Benessere’s mishandling of its wine cost more than half a million dollars and […]

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