Valuable oral contract guidance to be had in Bryant Family federal lawsuit

June 18, 2019

NOTE: The text below is redacted and reformatted for improved non-lawyer readability. Among the changes are the elimination of various legal references, shortened paragraphs etc. The full original document can be found at this link (for premium subscribers) Attorneys are consistent in recommending that agreements be captured in written contracts, state laws offer a specific […]

Bryant Family Vineyards facing serious financial problem says federal court case

June 3, 2019

  Bryant Family Vineyards — one of the most expensive Napa Valley “cult” wineries — may be experiencing financial problems according to a complaint filed in a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The winery is one of the original cult wines to emerge during the early 1990s, along with wineries […]

Boisset, Eisele, Vin-Go, Icon Wines among top creditors in Montesquieu Chapt 11 & yacht debacle

May 28, 2019

The “Spirit of the East” is still sailing the world, but the Montesquieu group of “bespoke collection” wines from Napa Valley and beyond has capsized and is flailing about for a way to right itself with Chapter 11 filings in the Delaware District of U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Montesquieu Inc., a Delaware Corporation, filed for bankruptcy […]

The Mendelian Randomization by Millwood et al.: Observations and Expressions of Concern

May 6, 2019

Link to article 2, explaining Mendelian Randomization The recent population study of adults in China that found no cardio-protective benefits of moderate alcohol consumption should be re-examined in the context of methodological and confounding factors not addressed in the published paper. Published in early April by The Lancet, the study provoked sensational headlines among the […]

Background: Mendelian Randomization (MR): A new statistical regime to estimate causation

Link to main article Mendelian Randomization (MR) is a relatively new statistical method designed to provide an estimate of a causal connection between the effects of an observable exposure to a risk factor (such as alcohol consumption) on a specific outcome (such as cardiovascular events like stroke and heart attacks). It is necessary to note […]

Shedding cheaper wines should boost Constellation wine & spirits margins 30% — Merrill Lynch

April 4, 2019

Source: BofA/Merrill Lynch 4Q19 earnings preview – 040119) via John Heflebower, Napa   “STZ’s wine & spirits margins improved post STZ divestiture of Canadian wine assets. In addition, operating margins have benefited from on-going premiumization efforts (i.e. rationalizing lower margin value SKUs), COGS has increased due to transportation costs and higher marketing spend on brands […]

Thirstie Advances to #17 in WineTech Fundings; Displaces Saucey, Boots Kuvee Out of Top 20

March 26, 2019

Thirstie has integrated its services with brand-oriented websites that take orders from consumers. The orders are then sent to Thirstie for the “last mile” of on-demand delivery. This differs from on-demand services Drizly (#3/$69.56 Mil) and Minibar (#23/$6.8 Mil) which operate their own apps that accept orders directly from consumers then deliver using purchases from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]