The Calistoga City Council has been considering whether they apply the same standards to wineries and tasting rooms inside the city as the county applies to them outside, requiring that 75 percent of the grapes used in their production be grown in Napa County. The County regulation is known as the Wine Definition Ordinance. Enacted […]

Current law bars breweries from opening a tasting room unless the facility meets all of the more-stringent health and safety codes that govern restaurants and food production facilities. But a bill approved by the State Senate on Thursday and sent to Governor Brown for signature would make it easier and cheaper for craft breweries to […]

More than two million bottles of wine bearing a “SIP Certified” Seal are now being distributed, but what is it? Sustainability in Practice – aka SIP – is a voluntary sustainable agriculture certification standard and the seal on wine labels is intended to verify for consumers that wines were sustainably grown. The program, created by […]

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled 6-1 that the convenience store who sold beer to a man who later caused a fatal accident can be held liable by the families of the victims. The man was reported to be visibly intoxicated when he purchased the alcohol, but attorneys for the store argued that the store clerk […]

One True Vines, the company who operates several wineries in California and sells its wine under the “Layer Cake” brand, sued Massachusetts-based Liquor Brands, an import company, accusing them of trade dress infringement and false designation of origin under state and federal law. True Vines alleges that Liquid Brands’ new wine, sold under the “Cigar Box” […]