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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 […]

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 andĀ [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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What Fred Franzia Said Tuesday That Shook Up His Unified Symposium Audience

Keynote speeches at the Unified Wine Industry Symposium are usually benign recitations of mostly known facts delivered in a polite tone resembling a British tea party with pastries and cute cakes. I’ve never see a speech get the whole Symposium buzzing. But Bronco Wine Company CEO Fred Franzia’s speech hit the audience like a ton […]

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2 Bello bankruptcy clawback victims strike back with their own lawsuits

By Jeff Siegel, Contributing Editor and Lewis Perdue, Executive Editor   What do you do when you’re forced to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars — or more — that you’ve earned because a bankruptcy court determines that you got improper payments from an insolvent company or person? Your only alternative is to sue […]

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The complete, text-searchable document listing all of Premier Cru’s 5,000+ victims

The Premier Cru implosion and subsequent Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing have left a lot of jaws dropping, especially a court filing that shows the company with assets of about $7 million and debts of more than $70 million– almost all of which is unsecured and will be crammed down to breathtakingly small levels.   In […]

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John Duarte’s “plow a field, go to jail” struggle with Feds makes LA Times

The Los Angeles Times has become the first mainstream media source to cover John Duarte’s harassment by the U.S. Corps of Engineers following his attempt to plant a wheat crop on his land in Tehama County in 2012. Worth Reading The article is in today’s LA Times and worth reading: A land-use case that’s enough […]

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Yao Family Wines Buys Bello’s Former St. Helena Tasting Room

A real estate LLC associated with Yao Family Wines has purchased the former Bello Family Vineyards tasting room property at 929 Main St., St. Helena — directly across the street from the now-shuttered Tra Vigne. The property had been among a vast number of assets entangledĀ  in the bankruptcy proceedings of family patriarch Michael Ru […]

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Vineyards at risk (as well as most anything you eat): You’ll be shocked by this video on how the Feds are harassing a farmer for plowing his field

Source: American Farm Bureau Article Highlights Calif Farmer’s Struggles With Federal Regulators on Water Issues The following is from the American Farm Bureau WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 22, 2015 — A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation highlights the struggles a California farm family has encountered with federal water regulations. The video also […]

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Will Walmart Versus Texas Be Granholm II And Headed For SCOTUS?

By Jeff Siegel Wine Executive News Contributing Editor   Walmart’s bid to own package stores and sell distilled spirits just might turn into the next great U.S. Supreme Court three-tier decision. Top legal experts say they would not be surprised if the retail giant’s lawsuit against Texas’ booze cops — the TABC — wound up […]

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Small winery, penny stock: Truett-Hurst Winery shares pumped then dumped

When your share price starts to drop at or below $1, you know you’ve become truly a “penny stock” and that leaves you open to “pump and dump”opportunists. That is what seems to have happened to Truett-Hurst over the past week.   Image Source: Wine Industry Insight. Copyright 2015. Wine Executive News subscribers click this […]

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