Mobius Painter, Part 3: Fraud & Conspiracy Charged, “White Knight” Foiled, Wilson Purchase Thwarted

February 26, 2009

revious articles in the Mobius Painter series are here: Part 1 and Part 2. A “WHITE KNIGHT” SUES FOR FRAUD, CONSPIRACY Robert W. Wyndelts’s involvement with Mobius Painter Winery and Cellars began in 2003 when Halvax brought him in as the centerpiece of a fraud settlement case. Described in several court filings as a “white […]

Flawed British Study & Factually Inaccurate Article Slam Women’s Moderate Consumption

A contextually and scientifically flawed British medical paper released on Feb. 24 could frighten women away from moderate alcohol consumption and — ironically — cause many of them to die prematurely of cardiovascular disease. The sensational article, based on the study “Even moderate drinking affects women’s cancer risks,” made global headlines by warning that: “Drinking […]

Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards/Conti Estate Winery Files Chapt. 11

February 12, 2009

MC2 Wines, owned by Michael and Michelle Conti of El Dorado County, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for its Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards/Conti Estate Winery located in California’s Fair Play AVA. Attorney David Foyil of Sutter Creek — who represents both MC2 and the Contis — said he expects to enter a separate personal […]

Mobius Painter, Part 2: Funds Missing; Buyers On Hold; Fraud & Conspiracy Charges Heat Up Sonoma Winery Battle

February 11, 2009

The long tangled litigation over the Sonoma Valley land and use permits belonging to the bankrupt Mobius Painter Winery & Cellars (see Part 1 here) has gotten hotter and messier with harsh accusations and legal filings in both Sonoma County Superior Court and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The current flurry of activity includes: Robert W. […]

2008 Crush: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Crash; Chardonnay Off Slightly. Other Surprising Gains and Losses

February 10, 2009

UPDATE: Merlot drop added, 4:23 p.m. Tuesday. The 2008 California Crush Report shows some surprising losers and gainers with Merlot tonnage down 25.93 percent and Cabernet Sauvignon’s dropping 23.6-percent. Among the major varietals,  only Carignane dropped more, with a 49.2-percent decline. Syrah, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel also declined. Chardonnay, the most popular white […]

Soaring Sales? Wholesalers Say Not For Them.

February 9, 2009

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We need more data points. Please email lperdue@wineindustryinsight, or post to the comments sections on this and the previous story. All confidences respected. WHOLESALERS NOT SEEING SALES BOOM The astounding retail sales for the four-week-period ending January 25, 2009 0ver the same period in 2008 (Wine Sales Skyrocket…) are not being seen by […]

Gallo Gets It Right

February 8, 2009

EDITORIAL Wine Industry Insight’s comments section has burned white hot over the manner in which Jackson Family Wines conducted its layoffs. And the fact that I covered that method at all. Those of you who remember my reporting in the Wine Business Insider and Monthly days know that I have repeatedly clashed with the Gallos. […]