Triumph National Sales wines among many processed at three custom crush facilities

January 15, 2018

Labels for all wines sold must have a Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) These three label approvals for Triumph Cellars wines tell the Bonded Winery Number (BWN) where the grapes were crushed and fermented. TTB COLA – 2017 Approval Chardonnay BWN-CA-21424 TOP IT OFF […]

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Sullivan Vineyards has continued to lose money as winery and vineyard sale looms

December 5, 2017

Sullivan Vineyards has continued to lose money as revenues and profits again fall below projections, according to the most recent operating reports filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Santa Rosa. (See tables and full court documents, below.) According to the reports, it it has lost $500,531 since filing its chapter […]

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14 Reasons the new NIH/industry-funded moderate alcohol & health study is on track to be a $100 Million CREDIBILITYflop

November 29, 2017

Click here for an editorial on the issues raised by this article: Alcohol science versus public credibility – Why MACH15 must correct its protocol in order to be worthwhile This full premium article has been updated with comments from Dr. Kenneth Mukamal, the Principal Investigator of the study. By Lewis Perdue, Publisher and Executive Editor […]

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Bankruptcy Court to Consider Formal Motion For Sullivan Vineyards Sale on Dec. 11

November 13, 2017

A formal hearing on a proposal to sell Sullivan Vineyards will be held at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Santa Rosa courtroom U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. The hearing follows an oral discussion during a hearing on Oct. 30, (previously reported by Wine Industry Insight) at which the Bankruptcy Trustee […]

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Tech entrepreneur emerges as white knight to end bitter Sullivan Vineyards bankruptcy

November 9, 2017

An experienced global technology entrepreneur has emerged as a white knight who is expected to make an 8-figure, all-cash offer to settle the bitter and contentious bankruptcy of Sullivan Vineyards by buying the winery and vineyards for an amount sufficient to reimburse all creditors and still leave some equity for the Sullivan family. The offer […]

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Sullivan Vineyards must be sold, cannot be reorganized says Bankruptcy Trustee. Family pushes back.

October 27, 2017

Sullivan Vineyards cannot be managed out of bankruptcy and should be sold in an orderly manner according to the court-appointed trustee Timothy Hoffman who says he has retained “Napa Valley’s best” wine broker. The grim conclusion “[T]he Trustee has determined that a reorganization of the Debtors’ business is not feasible. Rather, an orderly sale of […]

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Castlebank’s sketchy DNA on display in screen captures

September 27, 2017

This image was submitted in the class action complaint as an example of WTSO’s misleading promotion. The “original price” is misleading because this was a private bottling not ever offered at that price. It was made by J. Pedroncelli at the Cramer Ranch Vineyard. The glowing review is written by Jonathan Newman who — while […]

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$12.6 Million Settlement Proposed in WTSO Wine Flash Site Deceptive Sales Lawsuit

Wines ‘Til Sold Out (WTSO) is close to settling a class action lawsuit for $12.6 million in cash and consumer credits. A proposed settlement has been agreed upon by WTSO and a group of law firms who argued that the flash wine site’s sales tactics were deceptive. The lawsuit was filed on March 15, 2016 […]

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Sullivan Bankruptcy Trustee Hits The Ground Running, But Secured Creditors Losing Patience

September 22, 2017

JUST FILED: Late Sept 21: Trustee Operating Reports for Sullivan Vineyards Corporation & Partnership. Full documents for premium subscribers available in links at bottom of this article. The newly appointed Sullivan Vineyards bankruptcy Trustee, Timothy Hoffman has charged full speed into sorting out the winery’s Chapter 11 process and says he has gotten the support […]

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Sullivan Vineyards bankruptcy: Napa Valley’s Chapter 11 from Hell

September 14, 2017

The wildest Falcon Crest episode ever made pales by comparison with Napa Valley’s Sullivan Vineyards bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 proceeding is one of the messiest, most convoluted, and personally vicious winery insolvencies ever to hit a financial rock bottom in Napa Valley without ending in murder suicide. The Sullivan saga features corporate boardroom skullduggery, a […]

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