Last month, the Brewers Association, WineAmerica, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Wine Institute, Beer Institute and the National Association of Beverage Importers, associations representing virtually all alcohol beverages sold in the 50 states, called on Members of Congress to reject any bill reintroducing the CARE Act (which was reintroduced this month as H.R. […]

A proposal last week from state water regulators continues to push for the creation of a watchdog body with the power to halt vineyard water diversions to protect endangered fish in the Russian River. The regulators also seek to gain access to reports on how much water individual growers take from the river and its […]

Small winery owners in Temecula Valley are raising concerns about a land use proposal that would require wineries that include hotels, restaurants or special events venues to be no less than 20 acres, in order to offset noise and other nuisances from their patrons and events. Resorts would be required to be at least 40 […]

The TTB original application for a brewery, winery, distillery, importer or wholesaler now requires “source of funds” documentation as part of the application materials. Similar to the original ABC application in California, the change to the TTB form simply requires disclosure as to the source of the funds you will be using to start and […]

Late last week, The Seminar Group hosted its 5th annual Best Practices for Owning & Operating a Winery conference, aimed to provide current information for those who want to work with the wine industry or buy, sell or own a winery. Topics for the panels over the two-day program included land use and permitting, water […]

Recently, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) upheld the Office’s refusal to register the trademark UPSLOPE for beer based on a prior registration for UPSLOPE for wine. The TTAB, in considering the likelihood of confusion of similar trademarks, looks at the trademarks as shown in the mark, other similar […]

The California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) recently issued an opinion letter addressing whether California law requires employers to treat interns participating in particular educational programs as employees. The DLSE noted that no California statute or regulation specifically exempts trainees or interns from state minimum wage and overtime requirements that […]

Elaborate plans for a new epicurean event in Napa were revealed Thursday during a news conference at host venue, Silverado Resort and Spa. The four-day “Flavor! Napa Valley Celebration of Wine, Food & Fun”, will bring together restaurants and world-renowned wineries for a new wine country event this fall. The festivities will take place November […]

The Federal Trade Commission is going to take another look at the efficacy of the voluntary guidelines followed by most alcoholic beverage marketers. The primary purpose of the guidelines is to limit exposure of those under the drinking age to alcoholic advertisements. The prevalence of advertising in social media, which was virtually nonexistent the last […]

The Supreme Court this week denied the petition for writ of certiorari filed by the plaintiffs in Wine Country Gift Baskets.com v. Steen, a case that centers on Texas’ direct shipping laws. The plaintiffs, a coalition of non-Texas wine retailers and Texas consumers, had hoped that the Supreme Court would bring a definitive end to […]

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