Thanks to the language of the Twenty-first Amendment, the body of laws governing the alcoholic beverage industry is a complex system involving regulations set by local jurisdictions (i.e. cities and counties), the states, and the federal government. Under this system, states are authorized to regulate the delivery and use of alcoholic beverages within their borders […]

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 […]