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Sulser Bryant sues to silence the whistleblower who once saved her $3 million

Other articles in this series: Sulser Bryant sues to silence the whistleblower who once saved her $3 million SLAPP Shot? How Sulser Bryant’s San Francisco lawsuit against her former financial consultant may violate state law Bryant Winery lawyer issues wandering letter filled with vague unsubstantiated claims and asks for a retraction. (Rejected) NOTE: This three-part […]

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Wine Institute gets almost $1 million increase from U.S. Market Assistance Program (falls one place overall); Northwest wine finally included

The California Wine Institute received an increase of nearly $1 million in FY2019 funding from the USDA’s Market Assistance program despite falling one place in the overall recipient rank. In addition, the Northwest Wine Coalition made its first appearance placing 36th overall, but #2 in alcoholic beverage recipients. Sources: USDA MAP Funding Allocations – FY […]

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Calif ABC tries to sneak through a big new bureaucracy: Deconstructing the failure to disclose or inform

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has launched a major initiative without proper notice to the public or the industry according to San Francisco Attorney John Hinman.   In addition, a Wine Industry Insight examination of archived ABC web sites could not locate  any mention of LEAD during archive.org site captures for the month […]

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Jeff Hill likely to escape punishment for major wine scam

Jeffry Hill is the mastermind of one of the largest wine and grape fraud cases to hit Napa Valley but is unlikely ever to face any punishment for his key according to multiple sources at the TTB who have previously expressed their frustration in communications to Wine Industry Insight. The remainder of this article is […]

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Napa County winery visits appear to exceed legal use permit allowances

  In 2018, 3.85 million people visited Napa County. Each of them visited an average of 3.7 wineries according to survey research conducted by Destination Analysts on behalf of Visit Napa Valley. That makes for an estimated 14.25 million winery visits.   However, Napa County Use Permit data indicates that the number of verifiable permitted […]

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Constellation mute and clueless about losing 19K gallons of Mendo wine. The grower is selling her vineyard because she “can’t take it anymore”

See also: related article. Dorothy Vassar spent 53 years growing wine grapes in the Redwood Valley area of Mendocino County, and loved working with some of the state’s well-known brands.   But her experience with Constellation Brands has been so traumatic that she’s throwing in the towel on her lifetime passion and selling her vineyard.   […]

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26-acre family vineyard with quality Petite Sirah and Zinfandel grapes listed at $775K. Home site possible.

See related article.   Dorothy Vassar spent 53 years growing wine grapes in the Redwood Valley area of Mendocino County, and loved working with some of the state’s well-known brands.   In 1965, she started a two-acre vineyard with her husband (who died in 2008), and gradually grew it to 18 acres of Zinfandel and 6 […]

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Suisun growers move to adjust state’s crush district lines to accurately reflect wine grape values

For more than  two years,  the the Suisun Valley Vintners and Growers Association (SVVGA)  has been working to put some distance between its wine grapes and those of the eastern Solano County.   They have now begun to put their words into action with a formal request to the California Department of Food and Agriculture […]

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Federal court judge denies Bryant Family Vineyard gag order for former financial consultant

Bryant Family Vineyard’s effort to open a West Coast legal front against its New York-based former financial consultant was denied by a San Francisco federal district court judge on Friday. The case stems from a lawsuit filed in June in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in which the consultant, Lauren […]

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Bryant Family Vineyards’ Financial Consultant Amends Complaint, Gets Sued by Bryant Alleging Non-Disclosure Violation

  NOTE: Hyperlinked documents, below, are available for premium subscribers.     Bryant Family Vineyards sued their financial consultant on July 31. The action came  just one day after the consultant filed an amended complaint in the case.   As first reported by Wine Industry Insight on June 3, the consultant — Lauren Ridenhour — […]

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