27 CFR 24.278, the small wine producers’ tax credit—beer and spirits producers, who do not enjoy a similar credit, might call it a loophole—strongly incentivizes domestic, still wine production by small and not-so-small wineries by reducing their excise tax liability on the first 100,000 gallons sold each year to almost nil. The tax credit originated […]

The U.S. government’s national do-not-call registry provides—in theory, at least—a respite from telemarketers’ unwanted solicitations. No national equivalent exists for email, though, so many businesses—including those in the wine industry—frequently use mass emails as a means of marketing their products to and otherwise communicating with existing and prospective customers. If the customer lives in Utah […]

Since Prohibition’s repeal, the states have implemented and enforced laws ostensibly designed to promote temperance, including laws limiting wine, beer, and liquor manufacturers’ ability to coerce or even subtly influence retailers to exclude competitors’ products. To that end, California law prohibits licensed winegrowers and their agents from directly or indirectly giving anything “of value” to […]

Last year, the California Water Resources Control Board enacted a new regulation designed to protect migratory salmon and steelhead in the Russian River: from March 15 through May 15 each year, any diversion of water for the purpose of frost protection from the Russian River stream system, including the pumping of groundwater hydrologically connected to […]

Parravano Witten PC Ron Parravano, an attorney at Parravano Witten, is featured in Saturday Monterey County Heralds Adventures Magazine as a vintner. Check out the article below! Parravano Witten represents several wineries and specializes in ABC Law! Check out our blog Wine Law Decanted! http://www.parravanowitten.com/wineblog.php

In 1996, county officials in Washington state told Whitney Farms  to deal with a dangerous condition on their property, after a 16-year old fell into a pit of smoldering grape pomace and was burned so badly his legs had to be amputated. They said that it was permissible for the farm to spread the pomace […]

The California Water Resources Control Board’s newly enacted regulations to deal with frost protection in the Russian River Watershed are being challenged in court.  A coalition of growers in the region, called the Russian River Water Users for the Environment, along with four individual growers, filed suit in the Sacramento County Superior Court claiming the […]

Congress has approved the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which will eliminate 95% of tariffs and other barriers to trade between the U.S. and South Korea within three years, with the remainder to be eliminated within 10 years. One of the first to go is a 15% tariff on US wines imported to South Korea, along […]

Although this story involves beer rather than wine and only projects possible legal issues, it may be relevant to future wine industry acquisitions as well. SABMiller has made news of late with its bid to purchase Foster’s, an Australian brewing company, for $10.2 billion. However, SAB Miller, the second largest brewing company worldwide, is also being […]

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) Assistant Administrator, William H. Foster and General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs, and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) Director General, Nathalie Homobono signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 1, 2011 in Paris aimed at protecting consumers and “to establish a consistent channel for information exchange regarding […]

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