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Wine in America: Law and Policy, Second Edition

  • Richard P. Mendelson
Series / Aspen Select Series
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Wine in America: Law and Policy, Second Edition, by Richard P. Mendelson deftly explains the federal, state, and local laws that govern wine production, taxation, labeling, advertising, marketing, distribution, and sales. The book explores the historical underpinnings of wine law, including Prohibition, tied house and trade practices, public health concerns, and Twenty-First Amendment jurisprudence as well as addressing intellectual property issues involving wine brands and appellations of origin, land use laws affecting rural wineries and urban bars, and international trade.   

New to the Second Edition:  

  • An analysis of the impact of climate change on wineries and vineyards 
  • An examination of whether we should regulate cannabis like alcohol 

Complementing a variety of courses, Wine in America: Law and Policy, features: 

  • Lucid explanations of the federal, state, and local laws governing wine production, taxation, labeling, and advertising, trade practices, and tied house, marketing, distribution, and sales 
  • Discussion of Twenty-First Amendment jurisprudence 
  • Coverage of intellectual property issues regarding wine brands and appellations of origin 
  • Matters of public health and social responsibility for wine industry members and wine consumers 
  • How to establish and operate a winery, including acquiring a winery or vineyard, buying grapes, leasing a vineyard, and related licensing and permitting 
  • An exploration of land use laws in California and other states affecting rural wineries and urban bars 
  • Descriptions of key international institutions and agreements that regulate the global wine industry 
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About the authors
Richard P. Mendelson

Richard Mendelson ia an attorney with the law firm of Dickenson, Peatman Fogarty and is an internationally-recognized expert on vineyard and wine law and related land use, intellectual property, business and administrative law issues. Over the past two decades, Richard has handled legal matters involving almost every aspect of the wine business, including liquor licensing, environmental challenges to vineyard development, grape purchase agreements, winery use permits, representation of winery clients before the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and federal Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, state and federal label approvals, distributor appointments and terminations, and import-export contracts. Richardrsquo;s background in the wine industry began as a graduate student at Magdalen College, Oxford which houses many of Europersquo;s largest wine cellars. Mendelson resides in Napa, California, and owns a small vineyard, producing three wines under the Mendelson label. He is a Lecturer in Wine Law at UC Berkeley, School of Law, where he directs the Program on Wine Law and Policy. He also lectures on a variety of vineyard and wine law topics at UC Davis Graduate School of Management and as part of the University of Aix-Marseille and the University of Bordeaux. He is the author of From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America (UC Press 2009) and Wine in America: Law and Policy (Aspen Publishers 2011).

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