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Vintage Wine Estates Purchases 1,986 Acre Laetitia Winery Estate on the California Central Coast

    March 18, 2019. Santa Rosa, CA. Vintage Wine Estates has purchased Laetitia Vineyard & Winery. Laetitia,…

Peer review helps prevent bad science from being published. So why do judges ignore it?

Expert reports and testimony are common in courtrooms. The fate of the judicial adversaries frequently rest on the…

Current road closures and flood conditions in Napa and Sonoma Counties

Napa Road Closures Flooded roads all throughout Sonoma County Highway 37, Major east/west corridor through Napa, Marion and…

69% chance of a recession by 2020 thanks to Fed’s interest rate bungling – Rabobank

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Dogs hot on the trail of “corked” cooperage make their way to the North Bay

NOTE: This article is not paid content. No commercial incentive or promise of remuneration has been paid, promised,…

Profile matching: a test of the Palate Club system

Palate Club uses a profile matching system. It failed. In an epic manner. This article explains some of…

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Sextant Wines Purchases Old Edna Township

NEWS RELEASE After operating Sextant Wines in Old Edna for a decade, Nancy and Craig Stoller have purchased

January 29th, 2019


Non-profit research group tries to bridge the wine industry gap between discovery & application

  NEWS RELEASE   Applied Research Platform Established for Benefit of the Wine Industry   Rescue, CA, January

January 28th, 2019


Pacific Highway Wines Sets New Renwood Plans in Motion

  NEWS RELEASE   Renwood Ranch Vineyard Focus and Regional Wine Projects Coming Soon   GREENSBORO, NC (January

January 25th, 2019


Delicato Family Wines Forms Fine Wine Sales and Marketing Division

NEWS RELEASE   Family-owned wine company launches Transcendent Wines and new Delicato Brand Identity   NAPA, Calif. (January

January 24th, 2019


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Why Your Email Contact Form Says “Go To Hell” To Your Web Site Visitors

No one really has time to fill out all your little boxes. Fill in the blanks. Screw that!

April 29th, 2015


What Message Is Your Old Blog/Site Sending?

The sale of eWinery Solutions was so NOT a surprise given the persistent coma of its website. Note

September 18th, 2014


Offending Ads – Pages That Twitch With Animations

The number-one complaint from News Fetch readers comes from animations. We’ve been banning those for new ads and

September 15th, 2014


How do you make a sponsored content link pay off?

Sponsored content links are those paid by sponsors and, on Wine Industry Insight, clearly marked as such. (Not

September 9th, 2014


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Wine Industry Insight/News Fetch wine review policy

Most wines reviewed in News Fetch’s popular “Wine of the Day” feature are purchased by the editors with...

October 7th, 2018


Presentation and supplemental material for participants of WBC18

WBC18 Presentation Daily Bruin Handbook...

October 4th, 2018


How to tell if a survey is credible

Determining whether a survey is credible and the data valid as presented is often a difficult task.  ...

January 30th, 2018


“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....

June 18th, 2017


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At Least Two Wine or AlcBev People Charged in College Cheating Scandal: Full coverage, transcripts, court documents

Napa Valley vintner Augustin Huneeus, and SF Peninsula spirits entrepreneur Marci Palatella  are among the parents charged with crimes by the Department of Justice.   The overall case is very well covered buy the mainstream media. Wine Indusyry Insight has dug more deeply and have links,…

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College Cheating Scandal — Marci Palatella — From Department of Justice Complaint Pages 96-107

Marci Palatella Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.   Palatella, a resident of Hillsborough, CA (south of San Francisco), founded Preservation Distillery and has a long-time involvement in  liquor distribution.   Below is a direct, unedited excerpt from pages 137-143 of…

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College Cheating Scandal — Augustin Huneeus, Jr — From Department of Justice Complaint Pages 96-107

Agustin Huneeus Jr. Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.   Huneeus, of San Francisco, owns Huneeus Vintners, which owns Quintessa and numerous other wine brands.      Below is a direct, unedited excerpt from pages 97-108 of DoJ Complaint.pdf Note: In…

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Bright Cellars Moves to #17 in Top 20 Wine Venture Fundings with $8.5 million round

  Milwaukee-based Bright Cellars announced a $8.5 million Series A round last week, bringing their funding total to at least $13.46 million. That total moves them into #17 in Wine Industry Insight’s WineTech Finding series.   That funding, led by AOL co-founder Steve Case’s D.C.-based…

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Food & beverage e-commerce grows, but remains smaller portion of online sales than other products

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This map of U.S. hot spots for e-commerce raises more questions than it answers

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Online shoppers hesitate to buy wine, food & other consumer packaged goods online. These are the top 5 reasons.

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People save time, money and spend a larger portion online as the distance to a merchant increases.

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Instacart growing way faster than Amazon (Walmart, Kroger, Target too)

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Keynote Presentation – Effective Advertising – International Bulk Wine & Spirits Symposium – Lewis Perdue

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June 3rd, 2018


Mobile Internet growing, but desktop dominates business hours & purchase decisions

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July 27th, 2017


13 ways Online Advertising Is Less Expensive, More Secure & Convenient for You On Wine Industry Insight

 Comparable Banner Price WBM: Charges separately for Web and email. That more than doubles ad prices WII: One...

December 29th, 2015


Offending Ads – Pages That Twitch With Animations

The number-one complaint from News Fetch readers comes from animations. We’ve been banning those for new ads and...

September 15th, 2014


How do you make a sponsored content link pay off?

Sponsored content links are those paid by sponsors and, on Wine Industry Insight, clearly marked as such. (Not...

September 9th, 2014


Corporate Awards & Prizes: Subtle Ways Of Biasing Media Coverage

And one step on a slippery slope toward being a “made man” (or woman. Financial scribes urged to...

June 26th, 2014


Developing The Effective Online Advertisment

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June 10th, 2014


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