Triumph Cellars (formerly Calistoga Cellars) Implodes

July 30, 2019

Previously in Wine Industry Insight: Triumph Wine Group Crowdfunded Financial Offering Marred by Inadequate Disclosure, Misleading Language, Flawed Business Plan WII article prompts Triumph Wine Group to amend SEC filings & web site, but lacks vital state permit to legally make wine Triumph Cellars (formerly Calistoga Cellars) seems to have gone all “404” along with […]

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Starmont wine facility buyer is long-time San Francisco entrepreneur/charitable benefactor and no stranger to wine

July 12, 2019

  Today’s Wine Industry Insight News: Starmont Carneros Winery Facility Sold to Private Investor – Brand to remain with Schlatter Family Buyer is Prominent entrepreneur and SF Bay Area charitable benefactor The buyer of the Starmont facility is Bernard “Bernie” Orsi according to multiple high-level sources with detailed knowledge of the transaction. Those sources also […]

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Bronco, Gallo & other large wineries dominate Napa County with 70% of permitted production

July 11, 2019

While the name “Napa” has come to represent pinnacle of American ultra-fine wine, in reality, 45% of the permitted production is vested in two companies with budget wine reputations — Gallo and Bronco. Those two companies account for approximately 45% of all permitted wine production in Napa County, according to Wine Industry Insight’s preliminary analysis […]

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To-Kalon lawsuit dismissed, but “iconic” still all about myth, Benjamins, and grapes at $38K/Ton

June 28, 2019

NOTE: To-Kalon has variously been written as To Kalon and ToKalon. We have chosen to use the version with a hyphen because that is the style used by the U.S. National Park Service in their Historic Landscapes Survey. Jeremy Nickel’s federal lawsuit against Constellation/Robert Mondavi Winery over its To-Kalon trademar was dismissed by a federal […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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