Constellation Wins $2.3 Million For Legal Fees In To Kalon battle with Vineyard House

July 30, 2021

The long-running dispute between Constellation Brands (Robert Mondavi Winery) and The Vineyard House over To Kalon vineyard designation rights is finally over with the judge awarding Constellation $2.3 million of the $4 million it had requested. U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers wrote in her July 28 […]

Were smoke-impacted grapes & wine laundered? Lake County Court Battle Highlights Taint Ambiguities & Winery-Grower Tension

June 24, 2021

Article #1: Grape insurance fraud allegations, smoke taint damages to oak tanks, and the perils of handshake deals play out in Lake County courtroom As mentioned in the previous article, this court case hinges on whether or not wine and grapes delivered to Langtry Farms by Torick Farms/Hugh Reimers were smoke tainted and — because […]

Grape insurance fraud allegations, smoke taint damages to oak tanks, and the perils of handshake deals play out in Lake County courtroom

June 18, 2021

Accusations of a proposed smoke taint insurance fraud scheme have been raised in the Lake County lawsuit between Langtry Farms (“Langtry”) and Hugh Reimers/Torick Farms (“Torick”) over wine storage fees, and alleged taint damage to a Langtry’s oak tanks. The legal action also raises caution flags against handshake deals — performing work without a signed, […]

Deadlines and dueling appraisals set up Rabbit Ridge Winery property for an existential turning point in mid-June

May 25, 2021

Deadlines and dueling appraisals converge on June 14 when Northern Holding LLC — the insolvent owner of property once owned by Winemaker Erich Russell and Rabbit Ridge Winery of Paso Robles — faces an existential turning point in its Chapter 11 case. Currently scheduled for a June 10 bankruptcy auction are 470 acres of vineyards […]

A “Netflix of wine” is impossible with current recommendation methods because Sight & Sound dominate Smell &Taste

April 14, 2021

This is #6 in our premium, 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 worth $1 Bil/yr. And why wine fails at that. Article #3: […]

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

April 12, 2021

Domestic terrorism cases soared to an all-time high in 2020, including wine’s best-known right-wing extremist, Benjamin Jong Ren Hung who, according to the FBI, used his family’s Lodi-area vineyard as a militia-style firearms training camp — complete with human target mannequins — to prepare for engaging in violent civil disorders. As reported by Wine Industry […]

Ratings & reviews are useless for wine and movie recommendations, so Netflix killed them and embraced Big Data

March 23, 2021

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 worth $1 Bil/yr. And why wine fails at that. Article […]

Canadian SPAC punts on pot, pivots to premium US wine in last-minute hunt for quality. (Then becomes US citizen!)

March 7, 2021

By Lewis Perdue Publisher, Executive Editor, Wine Industry Insight In December 2020, a $360 million cannabis-oriented Canadian (SPAC) sponsored by a combination of US and London-based executives had looked at (and rejected) more than 100 companies. As the game clock ran down toward the SPAC equivalent of a two-minute warning, the team realized it needed […]

A close look at the Vintage Wine Estate acquisition path that’s led to its upcoming public offering

February 28, 2021

The $690 million (ESG) public offering of Vintage Wine Estates could be an escape hatch for winery owners who would like to sell out for reasons of succession, regulatory hassles, distributor barriers to DTC, wholesaler consolidations and other hassles which have made owning a winery less than satisfying. There are 11,000+ wineries in the United […]