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

March 5, 2020

By Stephen Rannekleiv – 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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bryant Family Vineyards tries last ditch legal ploy to keep consultant’s case in California – Updated Nov. 1

October 31, 2019

10/31/19 UPDATE to: Bryant Family Vineyards case against financial consultant booted out of San Francisco, transferred to NY Attorneys for Bryant Family Vineyards played their last cards in a last ditch attempt to keep their lawsuit against consultant Lauren Ridenhour from being transferred to New York. The Bryant attorneys have asked the San Francisco Federal […]

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Bryant Family Vineyards case against financial consultant booted out of San Francisco, transferred to NY

October 30, 2019

Lauren Ridenhour, a former financial consultant to Donald I. Bryant Jr., and his wife, Bettina Sulser Bryant has been granted her request to have a contract dispute moved from San Francisco Federal District Court to New York federal court where Ridenhour is suing the Bryants. Ridenhour had asked the San Francisco court either to dismiss the […]

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