Is your winery online? If you have an internet or social media presence, it’s important to know what kind of information you’re allowed to post, and what is prohibited. Any social media platform is considered, as a whole, an advertisement. What this means is that your entire Facebook page, website, Twitter page, YouTube channel, etc. […]

Retailers – those selling beer, wine, and spirits directly to consumers – are not licensed by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB); rather, that responsibility falls to states and sometimes county or city governments. New wine retail businesses face many hurdles on the path to opening day. While some concerns arise with […]

Shortly before Prohibition began, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty, validated a zoning ordinance based on the court’s finding that maintaining the character of the community was a valid government interest. When vineyards and wineries came back online after Repeal, they faced new legal considerations concerning their operations in recently […]

The federal government and nearly every state have laws on the books that regulate trade practices in the alcoholic beverage industry. One of the most complex categories of these regulations are those known as “tied-house” laws. These laws are intended to prevent the domination of retailers by their suppliers, i.e. the ability of a large […]

With little in the way of recent developments in the area of wine law, now seems an opportune time to discuss some of the basics. We’ll start with the laws governing appellations of origin of wine, or American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) as they are known in the United States. In 1935, congress adopted the Federal […]

In California, a reassessment of property taxes will occur when ownership of a property is transferred, unless certain exclusions apply. Many family-owned wineries have avoided reassessment for many generations, as the property has passed between spouses or from parent to child, both of which are exempt transfers. If, however, you hold your vineyard or winery […]