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

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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

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


Amorim TCA Claims: Where’s the proof?

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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

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September 27th, 2019


Online Usability


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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?

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September 18th, 2014

Offending Ads – Pages That Twitch With Animations

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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

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October 4th, 2018


Wine’s best known right-wing extremist among FBI’s record number of domestic terror arrests

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AlcBev COVID bonus mostly gone: Off-Premise Wine dollar sales off -30% from 2020, but still above 2019

 NielsenIQ = Beverage Alcohol Update Week ending March 20, 2021   Unless otherwise noted, data and insights below are for the week ending March 20, 2021, compared to the same week last year in NielsenIQ off-premise channels.   We are now a few weeks into…

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No More Jim Crow. Here’s what the WineBiz can do to stop voter suppression

Click here to view the full image of the Black Economic Alliance New York Times advertising page. This article in the New York Times this morning got me to thinking what the wine industry can do to oppose voter suppression in Georgia and the numerous…

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Netflix Generates Big Data for To Amp Up Recommendations — Wine Needs To, Too.

This is #5 in Wine Industry Insight’s in-depth series about the quest for the Netflix of wine Article #1: How A Netflix-Style Recommender Is Vital to Reversing Wine’s Market Marginalization Article #2: Why solving the “Paradox of Choice” is a major reason Netflix’s recommender is…

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Podcasting flourished during pandemic. Will it continue to grow as COVID subsides?

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The (sorta) good news for Constellation wine earnings: Not as bad as expected

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