Wine grape outlaw Jeff Hill scores multi-million-dollar stock deal

February 21, 2018

DISCLOSURE: Lewis Perdue has worked for Dow-Jones and is a former business and financial columnist for MarketWatch, TheStreet.Com and the Wall Street Journal online. He does not own any wine, agricultural or chemical related stocks. Despite two felony convictions and a current federal indictment, Jeffry Hill has scored an agribusiness stock deal that could be […]

TTB investigation source says Justice Dept. dropping ball on Jeff Hill Napa Valley grape fraud case

February 15, 2018

According to TTB personnel close to the case, federal prosecutors appear to have fumbled the wire & mail fraud case against Jeffry Hill. “Disgusting…disappointing,”a senior TTB official told Wine Industry Insight concerning the long delays in the case. Hill has been charged with perpetuating a wide-ranging Napa Valley grape and wine fraud case so extensive […]

Silicon Valley Bank Predicts the US Wine Industry is at the Tail End of a 20-Year Growth Period

February 14, 2018

NEWS RELEASE. EMBARGOED UNTIL 4 P.M. PDT, FEBRUARY 4, 2017 This news and link to the full report sent exclusively  to Wine Executive News premium subscribers at 4:01 p.m., Feb. 4, 2017   Retiring baby boomers and frugal millennials are driving a rotation of consumer preferences HELENA, Calif. – February 15, 2018 – Silicon Valley […]

Bay Area Wine Grape Growers sue BNSF Railway alleging Illegal, Negligent Herbicide Damage

January 26, 2018

Two farming companies owned by Fred and Nancy Cline of Cline Family Cellars have sued the BNSF Railway Company and three of its contractors alleging negligent and illegal use of powerful herbicides that damaged vineyards and orchards near the train tracks. The lawsuit was filed in Contra Costa Superior Court by Mulehead Growers, LLC and […]

WII article prompts Triumph Wine Group to amend SEC filings & web site, but lacks vital state permit to legally make wine

January 17, 2018

Wine Industry Insight’s Jan. 15 article has prompted Triumph Wine Group to quickly amend its Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and FlashFunders web site. However, an offering statement in English still is not easy to find on that site, and many statements remain incomplete, unverified, or misleading. What’s more, TWG lacks a key state […]

Triumph Wine Group Crowdfunded Financial Offering Marred by Serious Errors, Inadequate Disclosure, Misleading Language, Flawed Business Plan

January 15, 2018

NOTE: Lewis Perdue has decades of experience with public offerings as a journalist (The Street.Com, MarketWatch, Dow-Jones, Wall Street Journal.com) and from personal experience as the CEO of a financial payments start-up (PocketPass) which was acquired by a public company after implementing the first operational mobile payments company. Lew founded, operated and later sold Wines […]

The Triumph code. There actually is an offering statement, but it is deliberately hidden and inaccessible

The absence of an offering statement seemed like the most boneheaded mistake a company could possibly make. As a business founder and someone who has raised funds in a variety of ways including partnerships and as a CEO of a NASDAQ traded public company, transparency, disclosure and the offering statement are fundamental. The lack of […]

Triumph National Sales wines among many processed at three custom crush facilities

Labels for all wines sold must have a Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) These three label approvals for Triumph Cellars wines tell the Bonded Winery Number (BWN) where the grapes were crushed and fermented. TTB COLA – 2017 Approval Chardonnay BWN-CA-21424 TOP IT OFF […]

Sullivan Vineyards has continued to lose money as winery and vineyard sale looms

December 5, 2017

Sullivan Vineyards has continued to lose money as revenues and profits again fall below projections, according to the most recent operating reports filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Santa Rosa. (See tables and full court documents, below.) According to the reports, it it has lost $500,531 since filing its chapter […]

14 Reasons the new NIH/industry-funded moderate alcohol & health study is on track to be a $100 Million CREDIBILITYflop

November 29, 2017

Click here for an editorial on the issues raised by this article: Alcohol science versus public credibility – Why MACH15 must correct its protocol in order to be worthwhile This full premium article has been updated with comments from Dr. Kenneth Mukamal, the Principal Investigator of the study. By Lewis Perdue, Publisher and Executive Editor […]