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At least 244 California wineries and vineyards received between $145 & $328 million from Paycheck Protection Program

More than 87,000 California businesses received funds from the from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).   Of those, 244 California Wineries and Vineyards received funds totaling between $145 and $328 million according to online documents from the program.Precise numbers were not provided, only the range of funds. In addition, there have been numerous reports of […]

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Legal updates: Copper Cane, Bryant Winery, Penrose Hill v Mabray, Jeff Hill

  The pandemic has put the courts into slow gear with mostly no in-person courtroom appearances. Each specific judge is deciding on whether to hold sessions by phone, with videoconferencing still not accepted.   With all that in mind, the following are brief summaries of some of the current cases we have previously covered in […]

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Long-simmering wine industry grudge match heads for federal court hearing

  PLEASE NOTE: All links to legal filings are for premium subscribers to Wine Executive News.   CCBill premium subscribers, please click this link. Stripe premium subscribers, please click this link Also please note: This article may be updated when new information is available short of a new article.   Years of bad blood between […]

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COVID re-opening guidelines for commercial real estate. PLUS! — the lawsuit over cooked wine

With a number of Coronavirus re-opening plans varying widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, I thought it might be useful to send along the following links to pdfs that outline some best practices from Cushman and Wakefield.   These are especially important both as regards health issues and to possible lawsuits from consumers and employees.   […]

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Vineyard House, Constellation to battle for To Kalon designation rights in Federal Court trial to start Aug. 31

The long-running dispute between Constellation Brands (Robert Mondavi Winery) and The Vineyard House over To Kalon vineyard designation rights is scheduled for trial beginning August 31 in San Francisco U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District Of California. The remainder of this article, and links to full court documents, are available to premium Wine […]

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JaM Cellars files for new preliminary injunction against The Wine Group’s Franzia Brand; Trial date set

JaM Cellars’ “rich & buttery” federal lawsuit against The Wine Group’s Franzia brand heated up on May 15 when it filed a request for a preliminary injunction (premium link) against The Wine Group in its trademark infringement case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco). The remainder of […]

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O’Neill & Southern-Glazer’s Settle lawsuits over distro agreement termination in Five States

O’Neill Vintners and Distillers (O’NEILL), and Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits (SGWS) have settled a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, over O’Neill’s efforts to terminate distribution agreements with SGWS units in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Iowa, and Indiana. The rest of this article along with 6 major court filings are […]

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Bryant Family Vineyards owners win dismissal of consultant’s compensation case

Bryant Family Vineyards has won their lawsuit in New York Federal District Court (Southern District of New York) to dismiss  the compensation claim by former consultant Lauren Ridenhour. According to the judgment by United States District Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr.: “The dispute stems from Defendants’ refusal to pay Plaintiff, their former employee, for her […]

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Special Premium Report: Industry and investor guide to Wine/Viticulture-relevant AgTech technologies and companies

While the pandemic has rattled global financial markets, it will not last forever.   That’s why savvy investors and forward-looking winery and vineyard executives are seeking the new services, technologies and products that will increase operating profits and provide solid investments.   To that end, Wine Executive News has ranked 13 promising AgTech companies that […]

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DTC merger shakes up industry, creates US’s largest AlcBev logistics provider

Reaction continues to come in, but this merger indicates that WineDirect now takes the second place spot in the DTC standings with Copper Peak coming in third. (Comments added in chronological order most recent first.) “WineDirect is proud to provide our clients with best-in-class fulfillment and customer service. Enabling wineries to meet and exceed ever-rising […]

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