Gallo Gets “Good Deal” On Illegal Russian River Water Diversion

April 23, 2009

For more than three years, the E. & J. Gallo Winery has illegally diverted Russian River water and improperly stored it, according to an  Administrative Civil Liability Complaint filed by the California Water Resources Control Board (WRCB) on April 20. The WRCB complaint said Gallo’s actions deprived downstream water users, gained it an improper financial […]

Copia To Liquidate, Then Transform Itself Into For-Profit Enterprise

January 9, 2009

Copia, Robert Mondavi’s visionary wine and food center, received permission Friday morning for a procedure that calls for it to liquidate all of its assets, pay employees’ priority wage claims then create a plan to transform the real estate and remaining assets into a for-profit enterprise. Copia has liabilities of at least $78 million, including […]

Carneros Getting Million-Gallon Custom Crush Facility

January 8, 2009

The Central Valley Business Times reported today that The Vintners Group, founded by Dennis Rippey, has broken ground on a million-gallon custom-crush facility in the Carneros Region. Carneros Vintners, Inc., a division of The Vintners Group of Lodi, says it should be ready for the 2009 harvest. The Carneros facility includes future plans to expand […]

Sebastiani/Foley Acquisition Update

December 22, 2008

The CIA has nothing on Sebastiani when it comes to keeping confidential information secret. However, Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery did offer a few more details in a news release today which WII’s Saturday article did not contain. According to the release, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC acted as exclusive financial adviser and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter […]

Sebastiani Winery Sold to Foley Wine Group

December 20, 2008

Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery has been sold to Santa Barbara County-based Foley Wine Group. The pending sale was announced Friday night by Richard A. Cuneo, chairman of the Sebastiani board. The transaction comes amid the beginnings of a sag in real-estate prices as effects of the global recession begin to depress winery and vineyard values. […]