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Jamieson Vineyards Takes On Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers

Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014 Winery Blogs Wine Business

On February 27, 2014, the Napa Valley-based vineyard Madison Vineyard Holdings, LLC, the owner of Jamieson Ranch, filed a complaint against Pernod Ricard’s Irish Distillers Limited, owner of the renowned Jameson Irish Whiskey, in the United States District Court Northern District of California. See Madison Vineyard Holdings, LLC vs. Irish Distillers Limited. The suit follows the receipt of […]

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Is TTB Next? FDA’s New Proposed Nutrition Label and its Effects on Alcohol Beverages

Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2014 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Last year, I blogged several times about nutrition facts panels and ingredients statements in relation to wine and other TTB-regulated alcohol products. See A Regulatory Analysis: Nutrition Fact Panels and Ingredient Statements on Alcohol Beverages; Full Ingredients List to Appear on 2011 Ridge Vineyards Wine Label. As many know, for the majority of alcohol beverage products that fall […]

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Court Awards Sanctions Against Diageo in Jackson Family Wines Lawsuit

Date: Sun, Mar 2, 2014 Winery Blogs Wine Business

In late 2011, Jackson Family Wines filed a compliant against Diageo North America after Jackson issued a cease and desist letter that Diageo stop use of one of Diageo’s marks in August 2011. See, e.g., Jackson Family Wines Sues Diageo Over La Crema Trademark. The complaint argued that the Crème de Lys brand, wine selected by Diageo Chateau & […]

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Is China Making a Step Forward in Wine Trademark Law?

Date: Tue, Feb 18, 2014 Winery Blogs Wine Business

One of my recent pieces was published by Cornell International Law Journal Online, which is an incredible online collection of short publications written by attorneys and law students discussing contemporary legal issues in various fields. I wrote about China with respect to trademark and the wine industry. Specifically, I discussed the success of two wine […]

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TTB Issues Interim Policy on Gluten-Free Labeling and Advertising for Wine, Spirits, and Malt Beverages

Date: Wed, Feb 12, 2014 Winery Blogs Wine Business

As many  know, on August 5, 2013, FDA issued a final rule regarding the labeling of gluten-free foods. See 78 FR 47178, Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Foods. As noted by On Reserve previously, TTB announced on August 22, 2013 that the agency would review its policy on the use of the term “gluten-free” on alcohol beverage labels […]

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European Parliament Passes Stricter Legislation for Labeling Sangria Wines

Date: Sun, Jan 26, 2014 Winery Blogs Wine Business

I spent several weeks one summer in the Andalucía region of Spain. My trip included Granada, Seville, Cádiz, Córdoba, Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, and a few other cities. While the weather—particularly the mid-afternoon—was sweltering, one thing I did look forward to was trying the sangria at the many tapas restaurants we frequented. I found that most sangrias were […]

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Champagne House Veuve Clicquot Sues Italian Sparkling Wine Producer Over Label

Date: Tue, Jan 21, 2014 Winery Blogs Wine Business

Update January 23, 2014: The Drinks Business reported today that Veuve Clicquot denied filing suit against Ciro Picariello and instead contends that the Champagne company contacted the Italian sparkling wine producer to note the “similarity” of the labels and see if there is any way Ciro Picariello’s label could “evolve” to avoid the risk of […]

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French Winemakers Face Prosecution for Refusing to use Pesticides

Date: Tue, Jan 7, 2014 Winery Blogs Wine Business

I just finished reading an eBook, Into Wine, written by French sommelier Olivier Magny. As I am sure many can agree, I think it important to continually read about industry developments and about wine generally. While I enjoyed Mr. Magny’s publication, what I found most interesting was his discussion about organic and biodynamic wines, particularly with respect […]

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Napa Valley Duckhorn Wine Co. Sues Duck Commander Wine, Alleging Trademark Infringement

Date: Mon, Dec 30, 2013 Winery Blogs Wine Business

A few months ago, On Reserve reported about Napa Valley’s Duckhorn Wine Co. and its suit against Long Island-based Duck Walk Vineyards. See Duckhorn Wine Co. Files a Complaint Against Duck Walk Vineyards Alleging Consumer Confusion on Wine Labels. We were a bit skeptical as to the argument for consumer confusion for these two wines, as both […]

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TTB Issues Public Guidance on Wine Export Certificates for U.S. Wines Exported to China

Date: Fri, Dec 20, 2013 Winery Blogs Wine Business

On December 17, 2013, TTB issued a public guidance on Wine Export Certificates for U.S. wines that are exported to the People’s Republic of China. See General Instructions for “Wine Export Certificate” for U.S. Wine Products Exported from the United States to the People’s Republic of China. Previously, the People’s Republic of China required U.S. exporters of […]

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Argiano, Italian Wine Producer, Acquitted in Brunello di Montalcino Trial

Date: Thu, Jul 11, 2013 Winery Blogs Wine Business

During my last semester of college, I was fortunate to take a restaurant management class that acquainted me with a completely new area of law. My professor assigned an article from The New York Times about the alleged fraudulent production of Brunello di Montalcino using grapes other than the Sangiovese varietal. (Read more about my introduction to [...]

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Proposed Standard of Identity for Canadian Icewine

Date: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 Winery Blogs Wine Business

On June 15, 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency released proposed regulations to create Icewine Regulations (of the Canada Agricultural Products Act) and Consumer Packaging and Labeling Regulations (of the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act). See New Standard Will Help Open Markets for Canada’s Iconic Icewine. The proposed icewine regulations create “a Standard of Identity for icewine as new regulations under the Canada Agricultural [...]

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TTB Publishes Final Rule Modifying Mandatory Label Information for Wine

Date: Wed, Jun 26, 2013 Winery Blogs Wine Business

On June 10, 2013, TTB published a final rule in the Federal Register amending the mandatory label information requirements for wine labels. The final rule allows the alcohol by volume (“ABV”) percentage to appear on other labels affixed to a wine container without appearing on the brand label. Previously, the regulations for wine labels required the ABV [...]

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Apologies from On Reserve

Date: Wed, Jun 12, 2013 Winery Blogs Wine Business

On Reserve would like to apologize for a previous guest post submitted on Monday of this last week with reference to the Robert Parker Wine Advocate case. The quote allegedly referenced to Robert Parker and the Antonio Galloni lawsuit was misquoted and mislead our readers; the quote originates from an April Fools Day post from On [...]

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