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Subject: Long-simmering wine industry grudge match heads for federal court hearing - WINE EXECUTIVE NEWS | June 9, 2020

Date: 2020-06-09 08:47:48

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

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Years of bad blood between two prominent wine industry players is headed for a courtroom battle on June 25 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division.

Philip J. K. James, LinkedIn profile photo.
Paul Mabray, LinkedIn profile photo.

Quick summary

Penrose Hill CEO Philip James and Emetry CEO Paul Mabray have a long antagonistic history and have publicly sniped at each other since at least 2007 with each finding fault with the other and their respective company ventures and business acumen.

In the current court filings -- and in his Medium article -- Mabray took James to task over what he considered Penrose Hill's lack of transparency (among other things) and also raised a 2007 issue concerning James's company Snooth and its dealings with Cellar Tracker.

Likewise in the filings, James has taken his own shots at Mabray's companies Inertia Beverage Group and VinTank.

That simmering enmity erupted into open warfare because of an online article and a Tweet.

The Article

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The Tweet
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