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Premiumization Part 1: How to take an up-close look before you leap into the race

The race for the top end of the wine business is all the rage and presented as something kin to the next gold rush for wine. There are, indeed, opportunities, but also some barriers including market sizes, demographics and more.   Good data is vital for making sound business decisions and getting a grasp on […]

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WX Brands Issues Incomprehensible PR About Acquisition of Some (Or All?) of Jamieson Ranch Vineyards and Bread & Butter Wines

Last night, WX Brands posted a factually incomplete and structurally flawed news release — “New Acquisitions Propel WX Brands into Wine Industry Top 20.”   The release is jam-packed with incomplete statements and assertions without any sort of data or verification. The absence of actual, relevant facts puts this solidly in the ranks of “fake […]

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Wine Financier Charles Banks Pleads Guilty to Fraud

According to the Wine Spectator, “Charles Banks, the financial advisor and founder of Terroir Life, which owns or manages nearly a dozen wineries in California, New Zealand and South Africa, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in a federal courthouse in San Antonio today…. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years […]

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Calif could be headed for needless woes in cannabis trademark legislation

The California Secretary of State’s (SOS’s) office is shortchanging legal cannabis businesses and their consumers by failing to register trademarks for the newly legalized industry, according to a long-time wine industry attorney, Jay Behmke, of Healdsburg.   Including the word “cannabis” or “marijuana” in the state trademark application has, so far, been the kiss of […]

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Trinchero Family Estates fined $44,575 in accidental death of cellar worker

On August 31, 2016, cellar worker Jose Alberto Avino died when a stack of barrel racks he was unloading with a for from a container at the Joel Gott winery (owner by Sutter Home Winery, lnc. dba: Trinchero Family Estates) located at 2055 Hoffman Lane   Cal/OSHA has finished their investigation of that deadly accident […]

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Federal judge denies Duarte request for reconsideration and appeal

A federal judge on Friday denied a request by Duarte Nursery and its President John Duarte to reconsider the court’s June 10, 2016 decision in favor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.   Judge Kimberly J. Mueller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California also denied an “interlocutory appeal” which […]

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Trump WOTUS Rule Rollback: Temporary relief, but no solution for growers, ag & private property owners

Despite optimism and a spate of giddy articles declaring an end to federal over-reach on Waters Of The United States (WOTUS) issues, President Donald Trump’s rollback of the Clean Water Rule offers temporary relief, but no permanent solution.   This is because the President’s action rolls back a proposed set of executive action regulations that […]

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Wine premiumization may not be all it’s cracked up to be

Wine premiumization may not be all it’s cracked up to be The full article and analysis is available to premium Wine Executive News Subscribers at this link. Among the data analysis details in the premium piece: Lower price tiers still dominate. Middle tier still trumps expensive wines. Top-selling varietals also shy away from top price […]

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[UPDATE 3/13/17] COLAs Back Online After System Backup Killed TTB Computers

UPDATE: TTB COLA search fully functional when Wine Industry Insight accessed the system at 5:33 a.m. (PST) Monday, March 13. The TTB system outage this week that thwarted access to permits Online and to Certificates of Label Approval is the result of a backup gone bad.   Wineries WII spoke with Friday afternoon said they […]

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Charles Banks Wire Fraud Trial: New Date Set For May 30

Jury selection in the Charles Banks wire fraud trial has been set for May 30 according to court documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (San Antonio). The court previously rejected Banks’s request for a venue change and delayed the deadline for a plea deal until March 20. Previous […]

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