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 […]

Farm Credit, Bankruptcy Trustee Working Out Final Details of Rabbit Ridge Winery Final Sale

February 1, 2022

Farm Credit West and the bankruptcy trustee in charge of the former Rabbit Ridge property have entered the final financial stages prior to the scheduled over-bid auction now scheduled for Feb. 15. The property was once owned by Rabbit Ridge Wine Sales owner and winemaker Erich Russell who lost the property after two bankruptcy filings. […]

Were smoke-impacted grapes & wine laundered? Lake County Court Battle Highlights Taint Ambiguities & Winery-Grower Tension

June 24, 2021

Article #1: Grape insurance fraud allegations, smoke taint damages to oak tanks, and the perils of handshake deals play out in Lake County courtroom As mentioned in the previous article, this court case hinges on whether or not wine and grapes delivered to Langtry Farms by Torick Farms/Hugh Reimers were smoke tainted and — because […]

Grape insurance fraud allegations, smoke taint damages to oak tanks, and the perils of handshake deals play out in Lake County courtroom

June 18, 2021

Accusations of a proposed smoke taint insurance fraud scheme have been raised in the Lake County lawsuit between Langtry Farms (“Langtry”) and Hugh Reimers/Torick Farms (“Torick”) over wine storage fees, and alleged taint damage to a Langtry’s oak tanks. The legal action also raises caution flags against handshake deals — performing work without a signed, […]

Deadlines and dueling appraisals set up Rabbit Ridge Winery property for an existential turning point in mid-June

May 25, 2021

Deadlines and dueling appraisals converge on June 14 when Northern Holding LLC — the insolvent owner of property once owned by Winemaker Erich Russell and Rabbit Ridge Winery of Paso Robles — faces an existential turning point in its Chapter 11 case. Currently scheduled for a June 10 bankruptcy auction are 470 acres of vineyards […]