Gallo Sues Freixenet Over Prosecco Bottle Design

August 31, 2022

The E. & J. Gallo Winery of Modesto, Calif., has filed suit against Freixenet Mionetto USA and Defendant CL Direct Imports of White Plains New York for allegedly “infringing Gallo’s federally-registered, distinctive, and incontestable trade dress.” The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint stated that, […]

Bankruptcy Trustee Rips Into Rabbit Ridge Owner In Contempt Of Court Battle

July 27, 2022

WII Editor’s note:The following is the beginning summary of Court Document ECF-352 -Trustee Reply To Codding Opposition To Contempt. The complete 111-page document available to Wine Executive News premium subscribers as are redacted portions in this article. Paragraphs have been added to increase readability. Subheads and any other text not included in the original document […]

Patent Lawsuit Against Gallo by Vineyard Investigations May Be Nearing End

July 20, 2022

When scientist/vintner and Vineyard Investigations, Inc. (VII) owner Paul Skinner approached E. & J. Gallo in May 2017 about his new inventions for precision viticulture, he had no idea that would open the door to an extensive, five-year lawsuit and federal court trial to defend his patents for a system of automated crop monitoring maintenance […]

Rabbit Ridge CEO Accused of Multiple Contempt Of Court Misdeeds By Bankruptcy Trustee

June 17, 2022

This article now undergoing copyediting The CEO in charge of the post-Chapter 7 bankruptcy owner of Rabbit Ridge Wine Sales (RRWS) has until June 20 to respond to a contempt of court action related to a long laundry list of financial and managerial violations alleged by U.S. Trustee Richard Marshack. The deadline is the fourth […]

Southern Glazer’s Hit With Wine Consultant Class Action Employment Lawsuit

May 16, 2022

A federal employment lawsuit that seeks class action status was filed May 5, 2022 against Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. The lawsuit against the distributor’s primary LLC and its Texas operation was filed in Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. The lead plaintiff in the case, Southern Glazer’s employee Savannah […]

Riboli Family Wines Completes Bankruptcy Purchase Sale of Former Rabbit Ridge Winery & Vineyard

March 16, 2022

Previous Wine Industry Insight Articles on Rabbit Ridge Farm Credit, Bankruptcy Trustee Working Out Final Details of Rabbit Ridge Winery Final Sale Rabbit Ridge’s New Owner — Fluid Wine Fund I — Poised For Future Built On Tangled Bankruptcy Assets Rabbit Ridge Winery Properties Set for Over-Bid Auction Riboli drilling test water wells for possible […]

Kylix/Harvard Land Purchase from Wine Group May Have Set Santa Barbara County Record

February 28, 2022

The recent sale of vineyard land adjacent to the Santa Ynez airport may have set a price record in Santa Barbara County. The January sale of a 1,227-acre plot with about 800 vineyard-planted acres was sold by The Wine Group to Kylix Vineyards California LP, an entity affiliated with Grapevine Capital Partners, and the Harvard […]