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Bryant Family Vineyards court adversaries make an issue out of court coverage by Wine Industry Insight

The attorney for Lauren Ridenhour, the financial consultant who claims that Bryant Family Vineyards wrongly terminated her services, has filed a letter with the San Francisco U.S. District Court alleging that Wine Industry Insight’s articles are evidence that Bryant Family Winery’s attorneys are engaged in a  Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP). Bryant Family Winery’s […]

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Why Bryant Wine’s San Fran lawsuit vs consultant could get SLAPP-ed down

Other articles in this series: Sulser Bryant sues to silence the whistleblower who once saved her $3 million Sulser Bryant’s imaginary media conspiracy Bryant Winery lawyer issues wandering letter filled with vague unsubstantiated claims and asks for a retraction. (Rejected) NOTE: This three-part update is based primarily on new court filings and judicial decisions.   […]

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Sulser Bryant’s imaginary media conspiracy

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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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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