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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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Napa County, California: Land Use Regulations And The Debate Over Tourism Versus Agriculture

In an effort to alleviate concerns regarding the rate of Napa Valley’s expansion, officials in the region are considering whether to increase the minimum parcel size required for establishing new wineries. In a hearing held on April 27, 2015, Napa County’s Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee aimed to “address the balance between winery tourism and agriculture,” […]

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Wine, Beer and Distilled Spirits Tastings at Your Local Grocery Store

Have you ever seen wine tastings being conducted at a local grocery store or beer samples being offered at a local package store? That is because off-sale alcoholic beverage retailers in the state of California may apply for a license allowing them to have “instructional tasting events” for consumers on their licensed premises “on the […]