Aspen Publishing

Wine in America: Law and Policy

Richard P. Mendelson


  • ISBN: 9780735599741

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    Richard P. Mendelson deftly explains the federal, state, and local laws that govern wine production, taxation, marketing, distribution, and sales. Wine Law in America: Law and Policy exemplifies and sheds light on Commerce Clause and 21st Amendment issues, as well as matters of public health and social responsibility.

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    Page Count 512
    Published 05/17/2011
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    Mike Thompson, Member of Congress, Co-chair, Congressional Wine Caucus

    Introduction and Acknowledgements

    Richard Mendelson

    Chapter 1. Wine Law in the U.S.: An Overview

    Richard Mendelson

    Chapter 2. Trade Practices

    James Seff and Carrie Bonnington

    Chapter 3. Labeling and Advertising

    Wendell Lee

    Chapter 4. Business Models for Making Wine and Growing Grapes

    James Terry and Erik Lawrence

    Chapter 5. The Commerce Clause and The Twenty-first Amendment: An Evolving Constitutional Puzzle

    Margot Mendelson

    Chapter 6. Wine Brands and Appellations of Origin

    Scott Gerien and Richard Mendelson

    Chapter 7. Rural Wineries and Urban Bars

    Lynne Carmichael and Richard Mendelson

    Chapter 8. Litigating a Case of Counterfeit Wine

    William Casey and Andrew Wanger

    Chapter 9. Public Health and Social Responsibility

    Richard Mendelson

    Chapter 10. International Institutions and Accords

    Jacques Audier

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  • Author Information

    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. Richard’s background in the wine industry began as a graduate student at Magdalen College, Oxford which houses many of Europe’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).