Winc Registered offering closes Friday. Interactive webinar with management TODAY (March 25)

March 25, 2020

This is a draft article updating our previous article:Winc (Formerly Club W) comes in at #7 In WII’s Winetech funding survey. I normally would not send you a draft, but the various Cornonavirus disruptions put me way off my schedule and I need to get this to you quickly because the company has a SEC-registered […]

Dueling To Kalon lawsuits — Constellation & The Vineyard House — scheduled for trial in federal court

March 15, 2020

The dueling lawsuits concerning The Robert Mondavi Winery’s near monopoly over the use of the To Kalon designationon wine played out to a Coronavirus-empty court room in the San Francisco U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District Of California. Instead of in-person appearances, Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers ordered lawyers for Constellation Brands and The […]

Can the US Wine Market Regain Its Momentum? Rabobank Wine Quarterly Q1

March 5, 2020

By Stephen Rannekleiv – fm.global.RabobankFood&AgribusinessResearch@rabobank.com Report summary “Tariffs, trade agreements, and the coronavirus outbreak have shaped global trade in recent months,” according to Stephen Rannekleiv, global Strategist Beverages at Rabobank. “Hopefully, the latter will be contained quickly, but lost demand from the period will not be recovered. Tariffs and trade disputes are here to stay, […]

VC wine Investments are hibernating. AgriFoodTech gets no traction.That’s why we’re looking at the AlcBevs that are stealing vino’s market share.

February 20, 2020

Since late last year, we’ve been trying to update our 2018/2019 WineTech investment series. However, little has happened in the field with existing companies profiled, or with new investments that meet our “low bar” cutoff of $1 million total investment. We’ve spent way too many weeks and hours chasing a story that seems in hibernation […]

Penrose Hill/Firstleaf sued, complaint alleges civil rights violations of disabled web site access. Class action requested

February 17, 2020

The full legal document is available here: Complaint (pdf)   New York resident Kareem Nisbett, who is legally blind, has sued the Penrose Hill wine company alleging civil rights violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), and the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). A summons […]

Kunde, Vintage Wine Estates Continue Smoke Taint Insurance complaints as individual cases in Federal court

January 28, 2020

Kunde Winery and Vintage Wine Estates (VWE) have renewed their battle with their insurance companies charging that valid claims for almost $20 million in smoke-tainted wines from 2017 were not covered. The two wine companies filed suit last fall in Sonoma County Superior Court against National Surety Corporation (Allianz), Certain Underwriters At Lloyd’s, London – […]

Mailchimp can be a black hole of privacy liabilities for its users

Note: Mailchimp’s terminology is frequently confusing throughout its Terms of Service and other extensive legal verbiage. The term “Member” is often used by Mailchimp in reference to the party sending mails. In some contexts, this is also called “Customer.” Customer can also refer to prospective customers visiting the Mailchimp site before becoming a Member. To […]

Breaking the doom loop: Wine desperately needs AgTech to get out of its slump.

December 17, 2019

Full reports from Finistere and AgFunder: AgFunder Report Finistere Report The wine industry needs AgTech — innovative products, systems, processes and other effective and efficient ideas and developments — to pull it out of its current economic stagnation. To do that, wine needs more investment. Consider wine’s investment dilemma: the top 33 VC-funded wine companies […]