On February 23rd, the State Board of Equalization announced a new regulation to clarify the definition of wine products and the tax applied to wine-based products that contain distilled alcohol. The proposed regulation follows the same approach the BOE used to classify flavored malt beverages in 2008. In essence any wine-based product that contains substantial […]

Recently enacted legislation (Assembly Bill 605, Statutes 2010, effective January 1, 2011) created two new sections of the California Business & Professions Code; the first, Section 23396.6, provides for a new “instructional tasting license” to be issued to off-sale retail licensed businesses. The license has been designated as “Type 86” by the Department. The off-sale […]

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently issued revised regulations effecting three formerly confusing issues regarding American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). The new regulations concern the AVA application process, brand names that conflict with AVA designations, and proposals for smaller AVAs that are entirely within a larger existing AVA, aka “nested” AVAs. The […]

Acquisition of Land Lawyers can assist winery owners and wine growers with the acquisition of land for the development of new vineyards and wineries, as well as the acquisition of existing vineyards and wineries. Due to the complexity and importance of these transactions, consulting an attorney can facilitate a smooth transaction. Construction & Repairs Wineries […]