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Geographic Brands: An Endangered Species?

Contains a detailed report on the battle between Napa Valley Vintners Association and Bronco Wine Company over use of geographic brand names, and information on the “Napa truth in labeling law.”

Follow the Rules for Label Approval

A third of all wine label applications are rejected. To obtain approval requires understanding many regulations, policies and procedures. Here is a summary of the important ones.

Custom Crush or Shared Premise?

It is no longer a million dollar prospect to start a winery. By entering into an alternating proprietorship, a grape grower or brand builder can become a vintner with just a few barrels to his name.

Compliance, Diplomacy, and the Bottom Line

Unfavorable government relations are the hidden high costs of a bad compliance job — but those costs are avoidable. This article explains four characteristics of a GOOD job in government compliance.

Compliance and the Laws of Physics

Very little is black and white in alcoholic beverage compliance. Here are four laws of “compliance relativity” to help guide your business in a relative regulatory environment.

Business Changes That Affect Your License

To keep your license in good standing requires more than just renewing it. You also need to bring it up-to-date whenever your company makes changes in ownership, management, or operations.

Winning at Local Politics

In addition to state and federal approvals, new brewpubs have local hurdles to leap. What do the zoning rules have to say about your plans? What do the neighbors think? Look ahead, and plan for success.