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Subject: High-End Wines Continue Gains, Conti Heads For Sale

Date: 2009-08-13 17:48:35

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First Sonoma vineyard to crush has 40% more than 2008. Could presage another record harvest. Good for wine drinkers, NOT for the high end.

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  • High-End Wines Continue Dramatic Off-Premise Gains

  • Judge Oks Foreclosure and Sale Notice For Conti Estate/Charles B. Mitchell

  • Inertia Beverage Group and Compli Announce Strategic Alliance

  • Sonoma Valley Vineyard Begins Crush With 40% Bigger Harvest


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Judge Oks Foreclosure and Sale Notice For Conti Estate/Charles B. Mitchell

Conti Estate/Charles B. Mitchell Winery has moved a step closer to sale or liquidation with the Bankruptcy Court’s approval to record notices of foreclosure and sale.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Michael S. McManus approved the Bank of Alameda’s request to record  a notice of sale for the real property and a foreclosure sale of the personal property.

The judge, however, prohibited a final sale without its approval.

A hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m., August 31.

For more information, please see Wine Industry Insight’s July 22 article:  “Conti Chapter 11: Bank Pressing Foreclosure, Liquidation in Store?”

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High-End Wines Continue Dramatic Off-Premise Gains

High-end wines have continued their off-premise gains, garnering six of the top 10 sales spots, according to Wine Industry Insight’s analysis of data from Information Resources Inc. (IRI) for the four-week period ending July 12, 2009 over the same period last year. By contrast, the ten worst performing categories included only two in the $20+ range.

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Pinot Noir selling for an average of $4.62 per 750ml bottle made the greatest gains while White Zin averaging $7.49 came in dead last among wines showing significant sales.


Syrah/Shiraz continues to perform with a split personality showing up twice in the five best performers and three times among the worst.


While only three white categories made the top 10, two of the three wore high-end price tags:

  • Segment 6 Pinot Grigio/Gris (avg. $14.67/bottle), up 28.4%
  • Segment 1 Fume/Sauvignon Blanc (avg. $2.48/bottle), up 17.5%
  • Segment 7 Chardonnay (avg. $25.41/bottle), up 16.2%


While Chardonnay selling for an average of $6.09 per bottle remained at the top of the dollar sales share category– at 7.5% — its share dropped 0.4% from the same four-week period in 2008. In addition, overall dollar sales were down 1.2%.


Of the 10 largest segments, six saw small market share declines while four also showed overall sales declines for the period. Merlot selling for an average of $6.23 per bottle showed the largest overall sales decline, dropping 5.4% from 2008. It also lost a 0.4% market share.


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Inertia Beverage Group and Compli Announce Strategic Alliance

Inertia to Provide Full Suite of Compliance Tools for Both Direct-to-Consumer and Direct-to-Trade Wine Sales

NAPA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Inertia Beverage Group announced today a strategic alliance with Compli, a leader in wine industry compliance services. The new relationship will allow Inertia to implement its vision of offering a full set of integrated compliance tools that address the needs of wine producers, retailers and wholesalers in their direct sales efforts across the country.

“Our alliance with Compli will lead to the creation of a full suite of integrated tools necessary for all our clients to comply with shipping, distribution and reporting requirements set by the fifty different states,” said Ted Jansen, CEO of Inertia. “Nothing is more important to the future of direct shipping and sales than a seamless, efficient and affordable solution to the complexity of state-based compliance requirements and we look forward to working with Compli to provide just such a solution.”

Inertia Beverage Group is the wine industry’s only fully integrated marketplace solutions provider, offering eCommerce, logistics, fulfillment and compliance services for all participants in the wine sales supply chain. The alliance with Compli will allow Inertia to confidently deliver a range of compliance offerings based on its clients’ particular needs; from a menu of services, to a comprehensive outsourced solution covering compliance management needs for both direct-to-consumer and direct-to-trade transactions.

The alliance with Compli gives Inertia an additional resource beyond the compliance service assets acquired from New Vine and its REthink Compliance tool that, when woven together with Compli’s suite of tools and services, will result in a single, fully-integrated compliance solution for all participants.

“We are excited to be working with Inertia and helping them build out a new set of compliance offerings,” said Rachel Dumas Rey, CEO of Compli. “We see Inertia Beverage Group as a pioneer in wine industry direct sales and marketplace development and we are very confident that Compli can provide the necessary tools to help implement their strategic vision for this key element of their business.”

 Wild Rose Vineyards: Quality Custom Crush

Sonoma Valley Vineyard Begins Crush With 40% Bigger Harvest

Kevin McCallum of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported this morning that crush has begun in Sonoma Valley with a yield that is 40 percent higher than the same vineyard in 2008.

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