Bright Cellars Moves to #17 in Top 20 Wine Venture Fundings with $8.5 million round

March 12, 2019

Milwaukee-based Bright Cellars announced a $8.5 million Series A round last week, bringing their funding total to at least $13.46 million. That total moves them into #17 in Wine Industry Insight’s WineTech Finding series. That funding, led by AOL co-founder Steve Case’s D.C.-based Revolution Ventures, put Bright ahead of Saucey and knocked Wine Communications Group […]

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Teeter-Totter Sues Palm Bay International/Wine Over Mouse, Elephant & Seesaw

February 25, 2019

Au Contraire says these labels are not similar. Teeter-Totter says, “Au contraire!” And a federal court case ensues In one corner, the plaintiff: Teeter-Totter LLC, small Napa Valley winery owned by vintner Benoit Touquette whose wines have received outstanding 90+ ratings from Parker, Galloni, Cellar Tracker and other fine wine critics since his first vintage […]

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Beatbox leads Millennials to wine by selling the party (and not mentioning wine!) Did Mark Cuban buy into the future or another Annie Green Springs?

February 13, 2019

This is part 1 pf a 2-part premium double feature. The second article is on the Wine Executive News main menu:  “BeatBox bests Saucey, moves into #16 position in Wine Tech fundings with $15.87 million.” It’s fun, cheap, tasty/fruity, quaffable, intoxicating and all dressed up to party! Especially for the younger demographic that segues toward […]

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BeatBox bests Saucey, moves into #16 position in Wine Tech fundings with $15.87 million

This is part 2 of a 2-part premium double feature. The first article is at: Leading Millennials to wine? Sell the fun and don’t call it wine! But will BeatBox go the way of wine coolers and Annie Greensprings?   Beatbox makes a wine-based fruit beverage with 11.1% ABV. Its 5-liter box contains the equivalent […]

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Wine Institute receives $6,482,501 from USDA Market Promotion Program for Export Promotion

February 8, 2019

Premium Wine Executive News subscribers can obtain the working Excel file of the data below by logging in to: THIS LINK. NOTE: There may actually be another $3 million from some other source as reported by Wine Business. However, that cannot be confirmed yet through USDA or other public information sources at this time (9:38 […]

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Venture investments in wine – 2019 gets started: Top 48 total approaches $1 Bil – + Vinebox & Wine.com update

January 22, 2019

The total venture investment in the top 48 U.S.-based wine companies has hit at least $924.4 million. I say “at least” because these are just the numbers I can confirm. The industry’s propensity to hide every investment like a dog buries a bone means that the total is most likely greater than $1 billion. Top […]

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The up-and-coming founder of a Sonoma County Direct-To-Trade wine business is a convicted felon & instigator of a possibly illegal wine scheme

December 18, 2018

The founder of a new Sonoma County Direct-to-Trade business has been convicted of 25 federal felonies, has a highly sanitized LinkedIn profile, and has been involved in a highly irregular — and possibly illegal — wine production and sales operation. Recently honored by the North Bay Business Journal as one of “Forty Under 40 Ones […]

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