In December 2010, a group of winemakers in Bordeaux, France took action against the Bordeaux Wine Bureau (CIVB), protesting the membership fees they were charged by CIVB by virtue of their inclusion in the appellation. The fees can amount to tens of thousands of euros annually, and payment is mandatory; because there was no way […]

Shortly before Prohibition began, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Village of Euclid v. Ambler Realty, validated a zoning ordinance based on the court’s finding that maintaining the character of the community was a valid government interest. When vineyards and wineries came back online after Repeal, they faced new legal considerations concerning their operations in recently […]

The federal government and nearly every state have laws on the books that regulate trade practices in the alcoholic beverage industry. One of the most complex categories of these regulations are those known as “tied-house” laws. These laws are intended to prevent the domination of retailers by their suppliers, i.e. the ability of a large […]