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The Alcoholic Beverage Legal Environment Post-Granholm

Date: Mon, Aug 30, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

This article gives rise by suggestion of Tom Wark of Fermentation. It explores the legal environment, post-Granholm, relative to the constitutionality of the several state liquor regulatory laws and the underlying effect of the Supreme Court’s holding in Granholm. These three cases include Siesta Village Market LLC v. Steen, 595 F.3d 249 (5th Cir. 2010), [...]

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Wine Legislation Brewing in California

Date: Sat, Aug 28, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Recently, California legislators approved a proposed wine label law for those wine products of Sonoma County that will subsequently require vitners to place “Sonoma County” on any wine label that names a local appellation. The bill, Assembly Bill 1798, passed in the state Senate 36-0 on Monday and in the Assembly 74-0 on Friday. The legislation, [...]

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In Vino Veritas: In Wine There is Truth

Date: Sat, Aug 28, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

In recent years, China has become one of the greatest markets for American wine exports. In 2003, China imported over 1.2 millions liters of American wines, making it the 24th largest market for American wine exports. (See New Opportunities in China for American Wine Producers.) In May of this last year, the U.S. Commerce Secretary [...]

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Virginia Ban on Alcohol Advertisements in Student Publications May Reach SCOTUS

Date: Tue, Aug 24, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Stay tuned for what could be another exciting Supreme Court case relative to alcohol regulation. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked the Supreme Court to review The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s ban of ads in student publications that promote beer, wine, or mixed drinks (unless part of a larger advertisement promoting a restaurant). [...]

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New Zealand Alcohol Laws Have Correct Objective but Incorrect Means

Date: Sun, Aug 22, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

The recent liquor law reforms of New Zealand’s government aim to restrict the amount of underage drinking and dispose of the country’s underage drinking culture. However, the changes to New Zealand’s laws reportedly punish the wrong individuals, forbidding dairy and convenience stores from obtaining the proper license to sell alcohol, while still allowing local supermarkets [...]

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The Sparkling Wine War

Date: Thu, Aug 19, 2010 Winery Blogs Wine Business

With respect to On Reserve’s post on geographical indicators and trademarks in the wine industry, I recently stumbled upon an article in the ABA Business Law Section written by Carol Robertson (author of The Little Red Book of Wine Law). The article grants a greater depth to the background of the legal conflict between geographical [...]

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