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Calif Wine Grape Acreage Continued to Decline in 2020: USDA

  California’s 2020 wine grape acreage dropped 11.1% over 2019 for a total of 620,000 acres. Of the…

NielsenIQ Shows On-Premise Spirits with no growth since end of pandemic. Beer off -2.2%; Wine down -8.1%

NielsenIQ Beverage Alcohol Update Week ending March 13, 2021 Unless otherwise noted, data and insights below are for…

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Silicon Valley Bank DtC Winery Survey NOW ends March 26

NEWS RELEASE – MARCH 19, 2020 SVB’S Annual Direct to Consumer Wine Survey now ends March 26th Click here to…

Understanding SPACs

A SPAC — Special Purpose Acquisition Company (also known as a “blank check” company) — is a relatively simple…

Crimson Wine to restate 3+ years of financial results after independent review of “unreliable” accounting errors

  Crimson Wine Group will be  restating “unreliable” financial results for three fiscal years ended December 31, 2017,…

Time Is Running Out For Prop 13 Transfers Of Property That Were Abolished by Prop 19


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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


Online Usability


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

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

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


Vintage Wine Estates stock closes up at end of first day on Nasdaq. Drops after hours.

NOTE: To celebrate the completion of the merger, members of VWE’s leadership team will ring the closing bell at the Nasdaq at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. A live stream of the event and replay can be accessed by visiting Nasdaq Stock…

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Deadlines and dueling appraisals set up Rabbit Ridge Winery property for an existential turning point in mid-June

  The premium version of this article contains links to two complete real estate appraisals.   It also has 25 additional complete bankruptcy court and other relevant documents.   This is a follow-up  to our May 18 article: “Unusual court proceedings mark bankruptcy auction for…

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Unusual court proceedings mark bankruptcy auction for Rabbit Ridge Winery property scheduled for June 10 auction

NOTE: Extensive links to court filings and other documents are available to premium Wine Executive News Subscribers at the bottom of this article.   Rabbit Ridge Winery in Paso Robles is facing the bankruptcy auction hammer on its winery property for the second time in…

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North Bay vintners raise concerns about new wine brokering/consulting firm run by failed entrepreneur and convicted felon.

  NOTE:   This article has been updated on May 10, with new information emailed by Anthony Hsu, CEO of Maxwell Winery   In addition, this article was updated on May 8, following an email exchange on May 7, 2021 with Richard Cardoza, after he…

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COVID premiumization & off-premise AlcBev sales boost fading. Wine $ down 12.5% latest 4 wks

Source: NielsenIQ…

AlcBev Companies Earned Billions From Underage Drinking. Wine Ranks distant 3rd

  Source: Company-Specific Revenues From Underage Drinking — Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs,…

French imports to US soar after lifting of tariffs.

French imports to US soar after lifting of tariffs. Almost back to August 2019 levels.…

Digital media not very effective in generating club memberships except for 25-to-100k case wineries

Source: Silicon Valley Bank…

This July is looking like Hell on Earth for Western wildfires

Source: National Interagency Coordination Center WII thanks Michael Fagin Weather Services for bringing this to…

Consumer confidence falters in May despite COVID progress

Source: Morning Consult…

Despite a slew of trendy new apps, YouTube & Facebook still rule US adult users by huge margins

Source: Pew Research Center…



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