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 […]

Vineyard and orchard owners in the Russian River Watershed will face heightened regulations of the water they divert for frost protection next spring. The California State Water Resources Control Board voted yesterday to approve new rules that have been under development and the subject of heated debate for two years. The move to regulate has […]

For the next ten days, The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) will be accepting applications for new general liquor licenses authorized for issuance last month. The fee for a new license is $13,800 (inter-county transfer applications will also be accepted during this time, with a fee of $6,000). Notably, 5 new on-sale general liquor […]

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 […]

Some state lawmakers and the grocery clerks union think that in order to purchase alcohol at the grocery store, you should have to deal with a human cashier. The Assembly recently passed AB183, which would ban the sale of alcohol in self-checkout aisles. The bill goes to the Senate this week. During his term as […]