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Duarte Opens Two New Legal Assaults In Federal Court Battle With Corps of Engineers

John Duarte has opened two new legal assaults against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) which is demanding more than $2.8 million in fines and damages related to his plowing of a Tehama County, California field in order to plant wheat. Motion to dismiss CoE legal action On July 23, Duarte’s attorney’s filed a […]

Caymus Finalizes Permits and Planning for Second Solano County Winery

Caymus Winery is leaving yet another prominent footprint in Solano County with approvals nearly complete for second winery. This new one — Caymus-Suisun — is a  200,000-gallon facility in the Suisun Valley AVA west of Fairfield in the mountainous foothills which separate Napa and Solano Counties. It may also be a set of footsteps to […]

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Premiumization accelerates at retail. Upper Price categories grow: Nielsen

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Bronco’s Bleu Wine blues appear headed toward a sparkling conclusion

Blue in Style LLC — a subsidiary of Bronco Wine Company — and its Blanc de Bleu sparkling wine brand appear close to prevailing in a federal lawsuit charging breach of contract and trademark violations associated with a joint venture which produces a blueberry-flavored sparkling wine.   Bronco is asking for a jury trial, triple damages, […]

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Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America turns tidy profit on 2015 annual convention – WII DataGraphic

Savvy WSWA fiscal management turned a tidy profit on the 2015 annual convention. That annual gathering covered 29 percent of the WSWA’s overall expenses while costing just over 22 percent of expenditures.   WII’s latest DataGraphic offers a detailed look at one of the industry’s powerhouse organizations. This is one of 7 charts and 2 […]

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Wine Institute dues down, salaries up. Income faces 1/3 cut from Trump USDA Budget – DataGraphic

The full Wine Industry Insight DataGraphic along with a PowerPoint version and copies of the IRS Form 990 source materials are available to Wine Executive News premium subscribers who should scroll to the bottom of this post for access links. Access Link Information Because our billing company of the past nine years was bought by […]

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“Gotta Read” content boosts your readership. Here’s how to create it.

Note: The analytics charts showing the results of McMillan’s successful construction are at the bottom of this article.     This article looks at how a recent blog post by Rob McMillan, EVP and Founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division hit a home run in readership.   That post — Restaurant Wine Sales Collapsing for […]

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Napa Valley Vintners Assn sees big growth in revenues — WII DataGraphic

The Napa Valley Vintners Association’s revenues increased dramatically between 2012 and 2014 as fundraising events rose to 46% of its $8,049,349 income, according to the most recently available Form 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service.   The IRS Form 990 is required to be made public by all federally tax-exempt non-profit organizations.   It […]

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Treasury, Ste. Michelle quietly settle “Dueling Stags” legal spat

Treasury Wine Estates and Chateau Ste. Michelle have quietly settled their “Dueling Stags” legal spat.   The settlement was filed May 25. No details have been made public and both parties have agreed to pay their own attorney’s fees.   The court document is available here for Wine Executive News premium subscribers. Previous Wine Industry […]

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Jeffry Hill enters plea deal in federal wire and mail fraud case

Jeffry Hill has entered a plea deal in the federal felony wire and mail fraud case associated with a Napa Valley vintage and appellation fraud scheme. Wine Industry Insight reported on May 16 that the deal was pending.   The documents have been sealed. WII will report on the results as soon as public information […]

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