WINE & BEVERAGE LAW

As the fourth generation of Italian-Irish heritage, Mr. Passalacqua’s family has been involved in the wine and beverage industry for over a hundred years. He has developed and fostered strong relationships with key leaders of the wine and beverage industry, including owners of local vineyards, international wineries and distributors. As the former District Attorney, Mr. Passalacqua worked closely with regulatory agencies, including the California State Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC), the Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the Department of Fish and Game, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Located between Wine Country and the Bay Area, the Law Offices of Stephan Passalacqua caters to regions including Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Marin, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco and Sacramento Counties. Clients include businesses in all three tiers of the alcoholic beverage industry, from wineries and breweries to importers to retailers and restaurants. The Law Offices of Stephan Passalacqua provides each of these clients extensive experience in state and federal alcoholic beverage laws, as well as exceptional counsel in matters regarding promotion and marketing of alcoholic beverages, trademark and licensing.

  • Alcohol Licensing for Wine, Beer & Spirits
  • Bottling Services Agreements
  • Employment Matters
  • Grape Purchase Agreements
  • Joint Ventures
  • Purchase and Sale of Restaurants, Winery and Vineyard Land
  • Sustainability Practices
  • Vineyard Contracts
  • Winery Formations