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Subject: Judge Lets Cosentino Dodge $1.2 Million In Grower Payment Demands, Wine Group Dominates Top 100 Brands

Date: 2009-09-02 17:41:48

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WINE INDUSTRY INSIGHT

EMAIL EDITION - VOLUME I, NUMBER 116 - September 2, 2009

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Wine Group Dominates Top 100 Brands, Gallo, Constellation at Bottom

Other than a subtle rearrangement of the deck chairs for the biggest losers, July proved to be mostly a holding pattern for the top 100 brands, according to Wine Industry Insight’s analysis of data from Information Resources Inc. (IRI) for the four-week period ending August 9, 2009 over the same period last year.

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NUMBER OF LOSERS EDGES DOWN SLIGHTLY

Forty-one of the Top 100 brands showed sales declines for the period.

That compares with previous declines of:

  • 43 in the June/July period,
  • 41 in June,
  • 37 in May, 25 in April and
  • 47 in March.

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Judge Lets Cosentino Dodge $1.2 Million In Grower Payment Demands

An administrative law judge has ruled that Cosentino Winery can buy winegrapes this year despite owing previous growers $1,197,442 for fruit from the 2007 and 2008 vintages.

After a hearing in Oakland on March 31, the judge delayed until November a California Department of Food and Agriculture request that would have prevented Cosentino from buying 2009 grapes until it could prove it had settled its accounts.

The name of the judge was not available at publication time nor was the decision.

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CDFA ACTION FILED IN MAY

According to CDFA Director of Public Affairs Director Steve Lyle, the Market Enforcement Branch “served an Accusation against Cosentino Signature Enterprises — dba Cosentino Winery — on May 19, May 2009 as a result of a failure to pay wine grape growers for grapes purchased in 2007 and in 2008.

“The amount due to growers,” Lyle said in an email, “is almost $1.2 million. Cosentino Winery submitted a Notice of Defense and on August 31, 2009, the hearing was scheduled at the Office of Administrative Hearing in Oakland.

“The hearing was held.” Lyle said, “However, the matter has been held until November in order for Cosentino Winery to provide documentation to support its claims that it has obtained settlements with the growers.”

According to the CDFA’s Accusation document, the Market Enforcement Branch sought to revoke Cosentino’s license to process wine grapes.

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  • DECISION IS DE FACTO PERMISSION TO BUY 2009 GRAPES
  • 40 GROWER CLAIMS FROM 2007 AND 2008 CRUSH - ONE IS OWED $524k+
  • GROWER LIST
  • HEARING PART OF DUE PROCESS
  • KEY PLAYERS HAVE NO COMMENT

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