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No, Chlorpyrifos was not invented by Nazis and is not related to Zyklon B

When writing about scientific topics, it is vital to go to original, credible sources. Neither this recent Register…

Which States Are Best For DTC Wine? Free Tool separates the winners from the losers.

NEWS RELEASE – Healdsburg, CA, August 10, 2021 — DTC can be a profitable path to success for…

Can Palate Club Blend Algorithms and Sommelier Expertise Into a Wine Club? (Actually, No, But They Are Not Alone.)

  DISCLOSURE: Wine Industry Insight Publisher Lewis Perdue has designed and implemented 4 wine recommenders over the past…

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…

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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

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


Riboli drilling test water wells for possible Rabbit Ridge Winery Purchase

The  complete Riboli Declaration court filing is available to premium subscribers who can go directly to the full version by logging in here: CCBill premium subscribers, please click this link. Stripe premium subscribers, please click this link Not a Wine Executive News subscriber? Subscribe to…

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Judge Allows Langtry Farms to File Amended Complaint Against Reimers & Stine, refuses to release stored wine.

NOTE: In response to our inquiry into the latest news the Langtry-Reimers lawsuit, below is the complete, unedited text of an email sent to Wine Industry Insight late Tuesday evening by Singer Associates Public Relations. We have not had time to thoroughly process the court filings or…

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Step-by-step: The alleged Reimers/Torick/Langtry conspiracy as described in amended court papers

Previous court filings reported by Wine Industry Insight (links below) contained relatively non-specific and often incomplete details about the case. This follow-up is based on the far more specific details contained in the amended complaint filed Sept. 22 by Langtry/Guenoc Wine Inc. June 24, 2021:…

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Simultaneously evicted and not. Is Rabbit Ridge the Schrödinger’s Cat of Wineries?

This is the redacted version of a 859-word premium Wine Executive News article.   Premium Subscribers can go directly to the premium version by logging in Here:   CCBill premium subscribers, please click this link. Stripe premium subscribers, please click this link   Not a…

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Daily Data

COVID Comfort: 6 in 10 Current Remote Workers Would Feel Comfortable Returning to the Office

Source: Morning Consult…

Retail, Food Service Sales Rise, Showing Strong Consumer Demand

Source: U.S. Commerce Department via New York Times…

COVID comfort with dining out sees modest increase.

Interactive chart at the source: MorningConsult…

Wine DTC Sales Creep Above Pandemic Levels ($ lead volume); Retail Off-Premise Sales Still Lag

Source: Sovos/ShipCompliant…

Was this summer’s robust restaurant industry rebound an artificial sugar rush?

Source: Federal Reserve via Washinton Post…

31% of Wineries Say 2021 Will Be Their Best Year Ever. Another 22% Mark It As One of The Better Ones. (Only 1% Say It’s The Worst).

Source: Silicon Valley Bank…

COVID Comfort with dining out is mostly flat and below July level.

Source: Morning Consult…



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Offending Ads – Pages That Twitch With Animations

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