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Pavi Wines Sued for Alleged Non Payment

Complaint says made a single payment of $8,000, leaving balance of $132,668
by Kerana Todorov
July 09, 2018

A Napa Valley company is suing a St. Helena vintner for allegedly not paying about $132,700 worth of wine, according to court records.

Animo LP, a company owned by R. Michael Mondavi and family, alleges Pavi Wines LLC only made one payment for about 3,200 gallons of 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, according to the complaint filed July 2 in Napa County Superior Court.

The complaint alleges that Pavi agreed in August 2017 to buy about 3,200 gallons of 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at $44 per gallon, according to the court filing. About $140,700 worth of wine was shipped a few days later. Pavi made a single payment of $8,000, leaving a balance of nearly $132,668, according to the lawsuit filed for alleged breach of contract and other allegations.

“Plaintiff has attempted unsuccessfully to contact the balance of the debt owed and to set up a payment schedule with Defendant. Defendant has refused to pay,” according to the complaint.

Animo seeks $132,668 plus late fees and interest, according to the court document.

State records indicate Robert Lawson is the owner and winemaker at Pavi Wines LLC.

Pavi was sued earlier this year in Napa County Superior Court, also for alleged nonpayment, according to court records.

Yount Mill of Yountville in January filed a complaint against Pavi for allegedly not paying about $166,400 for grapes, according to the lawsuit Yount Mill of Yountville filed in January. A dismissal hearing is set for next year, according to the court calendar.

Pavi’s website indicates the company produces “classic Italian varietals influenced by the California climate and modern winemaking techniques.” The company sells limited production wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Dolcetto, Montepulciano and Vin Santo, according to its website.

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