Posted: February 17, 2009 By James Laube
Looks like some folks still have dry powder. I read today that Oracle, the software giant, is on a buying spree, having pulled the trigger on 10 acquisitions in the past year, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.
Posted: January 16, 2009 By Jo Cooke
Posted: January 9, 2009 By Augustus Weed
Posted: January 8, 2009 By James Laube
Two of the most recent winery deals involving changes in ownership offer keen insights into the business. The partnership between the owners of Flowers Vineyard & Winery and Huneeus Vintners, announced Tuesday, makes perfect sense.
Posted: January 6, 2009 By James Laube
Posted: December 29, 2008 By Tim Fish
Posted: December 20, 2008 By James Laube
The Foley Wine Group has purchased Sebastiani Vineyards, one of the cornerstones of the Sonoma County wine industry for the past century, owner William Foley told Wine Spectator. The family-owned winery, founded in Sonoma in 1904, had been trying to sell its business in recent months, according to Mary Ann Sebastiani Cuneo, one of the principal owners.
Posted: November 30, 2008 By Harris Meyer
Posted: November 18, 2008 By James Laube
The Chateau Montelena deal may be dead and we may never know all the reasons why. I still believe that Montelena’s owner Jim Barrett wanted to sell the winery and was elated to have a buyer. Whether he changed his mind and wants to keep the property, or the economy changed the would-be buyer's mind and forced him to rethink his strategy, is unknown.
Posted: November 5, 2008 By James Laube
Four months ago we were told that Jim Barrett wanted to sell Chateau Montelena and we assumed there was a buyer. But now Barrett apparently can't sell it at the original terms or doesn't want to sell it at all.
Posted: November 5, 2008 By Daniel Sogg
Posted: October 23, 2008 By James Molesworth
Posted: October 1, 2008 By Jo Cooke
Posted: September 19, 2008 By Harvey Steiman
Industry analysts are having a field day guessing what's going to happen to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington's biggest wine company. Last week it was announced that Altria, which used to be Philip Morris, would be buying UST, which used to be U.
Posted: September 18, 2008 By James Laube
If you looked at Jean-Guillaume Prats’ passport this week, it would have stamps showing he’d been in France, Singapore, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Thailand (Bangkok), Indonesia (Jakarta), the United States and back to France.
Posted: September 17, 2008 By James Laube
Never mind troubled wines, a flawed cellar or even the need to replant vineyards. The Chateau Montelena deal is all about potential and what lies ahead, Jean-Guillaume Prats said Tuesday in an interview in Napa.
Posted: September 16, 2008 By Harris Meyer
Posted: September 5, 2008 By Tyson Stelzer
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