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Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty: Napa & Sonoma Legal Counsel to the Wine Industry
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Silicon Valley Bank – Thoughts from a Longtime Client U.S. officials move to protect all deposits at Silicon…

Punchdown! New Online Community Gives Wine Professionals Resources Designed Just For Them

NEWS RELEASE     Free membership site to foster community and nurture industry collaboration   [West Linn, OR,…

Preview of Wine Grape Crush Report from Turrentine & Ciatti

NEWS RELEASE – Turrentine Brokerage WHAT: The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Preliminary Grape Crush Report for…

93% Of Wineries On Edge Or Seriously Concerned About Water: SVB

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The Silicon Valley Bank 2023 State of The Industry Survey is Now Open

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Could this be 2022’s first Sonoma County farmworker harvest death?

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Ganau launches EPIQ – Corks with threshold of ≤0.5 ng/L TCA — below level of human perception. Process backed by peer-reviewed science

NEWS RELEASE – JANUARY 18, 2021     Ganau reveals EPIQ, a natural cork with threshold of ≤0.5

January 18th, 2021

Vineyard Visibility: Michael David Winery Improves Results With Aerial Imaging

Article by Ceres Imaging   Despite the bucolic setting of the average vineyard, risk can be everywhere. Sun-dappled

May 22nd, 2020

From Overwhelmed to Organized: Vineyard 29’s first harvest with vintrace

Like most winemakers with too much to do during harvest, it was often a battle for Keith Emerson,

March 17th, 2020

ETS Laboratories adds winemaker Don LaBorde to leadership team

NEWS RELEASE St. Helena, Ca. (September 25, 2019) ” ETS Laboratories, the pioneer and leader in wine analysis

September 27th, 2019


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TOP NEWS FTC approves revised Gallo-Constellation blockbuster wine deal Pix.Wine Aims to End The Balkanization of Wine What

December 29th, 2020

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


News Reporting & Journalism

So what the HELL is the NEWS here?

  This week has seen an overabundance of clueless news releases that FAIL to reveal WHAT the news...

August 4th, 2021

The truth rarely hides beneath nuance

Spinning bad or inconvenient news is a practice that is often done badly: Badly when the spin is...

June 22nd, 2021

Correction: Foppoli is mayor of Windsor, not Healdsburg

On Friday, I incorrectly wrote a headline indicating that Dominic Foppoli was mayor of Healdsburg. He is the...

April 12th, 2021

This smelly vendor survey lacked data integrity, so USA Today flushed their stinky article down the drain.

Wine Industry Insight has previously written about slipshod vendor-conducted “surveys” that have obvious conflicts of interest and are...

August 23rd, 2019


Was The FDIC Statement On SVB Too Vague To Stop Contagion? First Republic Stock Cratered Today

UPDATE, March 13, 11:45 a.m. — The Joint Statement by Treasury, Federal Reserve, and FDIC may be having a positive effect. While regional bank stocks have been tanking, large banks are not suffering so much at this time as are major stock indices. We’re close…

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Angelo Sangiacomo, Legendary Sonoma Winegrower, Has Died

News Release Mar 1, 2023   Angelo Clement Sangiacomo, a pioneering winegrower who helped revolutionize California grapegrowing and a founding partner of Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, a third generation family business in Sonoma, Calif., has died on Monday, February 27, 2023. He passed away peacefully at…

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After More Than 7 Years, Calif. Pesticide Regulators Act Against Lodi Aerial Applicator Company

Seven+ years ago,On July 3, 2014, Wine Industry Insight broke the story of a major pesticide incident in the Delta: Major Pesticide Drift Threatens Lodi-Area Vineyards.   <– (Click image to enlarge)   Afterward, WII continued to follow the story despite the reluctance and refusal…

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Beckstoffer Vineyards (“To Kalon Illuminati?”) Sues Last Bottle for To Kalon-Related Trademark Infringement

PRESS RELEASE – February 14, 2023 Full Filing at this link.. (Rutherford, Calif.) Beckstoffer Vineyards has filed a lawsuit in the Northern District Federal Court in San Francisco against Last Bottle and its affiliated company Sleeper Cellars for trademark infringement. The Complaint, filed on February…

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SVB’s Implosion Was No Surprise To Those Really Paying Attention To The Numbers.

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From $60M To Under $4M: Value of SVB’s CEO Shares Tanked Almost Overnight.

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Silicon Valley Bank WAY Out-Performed The Market … Until It Didn’t.

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SVB’s Achille’s Heel: Almost All Its US Deposits Were UN-insured. (Average Is About 50%)

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Here’s How The SVB Collapse Compares To Previous Bank Disasters.

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