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New Information on Wine in America: Law and Policy

This weekend I received an e-mail from Richard Mendelson of Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty in reference to his upcoming publication, Wine in America: Law and Policy. For those On Reserve readers who are as excited about wine law publications as I am myself, I thought it may be of interest to post the information Mr. Mendelson was kind enough to provide. Wine in America: Law and Policy‘s publication date is May 12, 2011 and is available for pre-order through Aspen Publishers. The collection, which he indicated is the the first comprehensive examination of the full range of wine law and policy topics in the U.S., contains ten chapters that are written by both Mr. Mendelson and a combination of other wine law experts. The chapters are as follows:

  1. Chapter 1, U.S. Wine Law: An Overview, by Richard Mendelson
  2. Chapter 2, Trade Practices, by James Seff and Carrie Bonnington
  3. Chapter 3, Labeling and Advertising, by Wendell Lee
  4. Chapter 4, Business Models for Making Wine and Growing Grapes, by James Terry and Erik Lawrence
  5. Chapter 5, The Commerce Clause and the Twenty-First Amendment: An Evolving Constitutional Puzzle, by Margot Mendelson
  6. Chapter 6, Wine Brands and Appellations of Origin, by Richard Mendelson and Scott Gerien
  7. Chapter 7, Land Use: Rural Wineries and Urban Bars, by Richard Mendelson and Lynne Carmichael
  8. Chapter 8, Litigating a Case of Counterfeit Wines, by William Casey and Andrew Wanger
  9. Chapter 9, Public Health and Social Responsibility, by Richard Mendelson
  10. Chapter 10, International Institutions and Accords, by Jacques Audier

The foreword is written by Mike Thompson, Member of Congress and Co-chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus.

From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America is Mr. Mendelson’s first publication on wine law and is an essential read for any aspiring wine law expert or vineyard owner. I am very much looking forward to reading his second publication, as I found From Demon to Darling both enjoyable and valuable during the course of my research for both my Note topic and many topics for On Reserve.

DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not intended as legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice.

Lindsey A. Zahn


Lindsey is the founder and author of On Reserve: A Wine Law Blog. She is an alcohol beverage and food attorney and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

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