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Put a Cork in It or Screw It: The Practicality of Wine Closures

Natural corks, often used as wine enclosures, have been used for centuries by winemakers and have been shown to contribute to the sustainability for habitats of certain endangered species. The Cork Quality Council reported that conservation and development of cork forests can inhibit desertification of cork forests through North Africa and the Mediterranean region. Cork […]

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Trademarking Your Wine in the EU

  On May 20, world leaders at the World Intellectual Property Organization met in Geneva, Switzerland for a two-week conference where they adopted the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement.  This Act would provide better protection for geographical indications (GIs) for trademarks.  GIs indicate the origin of a product which is important to many business […]

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California Drought Brings Afloat New Legislation

On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency for California, due to the State experiencing what is “perhaps the worst drought that [it] has ever seen since records (began) about 100 years ago.”[1] As a part of this Proclamation, Brown mandated that water consumption be reduced by 20% by 2020, ordered […]

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Northern California Vintners Continue To Stress Sustainability

Every year, Governor Jerry Brown presents the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) through a program meant to “recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the State’s economy.” Deemed the “State’s […]