Who’s On First? Sonoma Valley Winery Saga Combines Falcon Crest, Abbott & Costello

January 29, 2009

PART ONE OF A SERIES: TURNING GOLD INTO LEAD A set of county-approved use and building permits for a 125,000-case winery and tasting room at the northern end of Sonoma Valley may seem like a gold mine to many in the wine industry. But the decade-long soap opera of  Mobius Painter Winery and Cellars shows […]

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Copia Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Alan Jaroslovsky will allow Copia’s liability insurance company to pay a $250,000 settlement ending a sexual harassment lawsuit. According to court documents, former Copia employee Crystal Tynan alleged that she had been harassed by Copia’s former Director of Operations Art Ferretti. Tynan had filed suit in Napa County Superior Court and […]

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Is Cecchetti Merger Racke’s U.S. End Game?

January 21, 2009

Racke USA, which has struggled for more than two decades to find significant traction in the U.S. market, has merged with the brains and brawn behind the hot-selling Pepperwood Grove brand, Roy Cecchetti. Once best known as the owner of Sonoma’s venerable Buena Vista Winery, Racke has now merged its remaining U.S. operations into a […]

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Tandem Winery Sold to Quivira’s Kight

January 19, 2009

Pete Kight, proprietor of Healdsburg’s Quivira Vineyards & Winery, has acquired Tandem Winery in Sonoma County in partnership with Tandem owner/winemaker Greg La Follette. According to a news release, La Follette will remain with Tandem to will focus on winemaking and viticulture.  The deal closed January 16. No terms were disclosed. In addition to the […]

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Chicago Wholesalers Pay $803,000 To Settle TTB Charges

January 15, 2009

Ten Chicago wholesaler/importers have paid a total of $803,ooo to settle charges by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). The settlements, announced by TTB on Jan. 14, alleged that the wholesalers had “violated the conditions of their basic permits by furnishing or giving money or other things of value to a retailer, […]

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SF Chronicle Sacks Wine Section, Reorganizes Coverage

The San Francisco Chronicle is reorganizing its wine coverage, eliminating the wine-only section and rolling coverage into other areas of the newspaper. “It’s a combination of advertising, print and giving people a different product,” said Executive Food and Wine Editor Michael Bauer. He noted that the Chron had conducted focus groups and found that the […]

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