I started On Reserve over five years ago, while researching my law review Note on wine law. For me, a blog was a way to track my research and theories during the course of writing my Note. I grew to love blogging and On Reserve quickly became a leading blog for industry professionals interested in the legal overtones of wine. Since its commencement, On Reserve is continuously featured on major wine news websites, including Wine Business and Wine Industry Insight, quoted by The Wall Street Journal, cited by law review articles, and recognized by the American Bar Association Student Division and JD Supra. My Note, titled Australia Corked Its Champagne and So Should We: Enforcing Stricter Protections for Semi-Generic Wines in the United States, won the 2010–2011 Trandafir International Business Writing Competition and was published in the second issue of the twenty-first volume of the Journal of Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems in 2012.
But researching a note was not the end of my journey. I discovered wine law was more than a hobby; it was my future career. I spent the 2011 summer in France at the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne for the 2011 Wine and Law Program, where I received a University Diploma in Transnational Wine Trade Law and studied under several forerunners of wine law and wine economics. Upon my return, I worked with Lot18 on legal and regulatory compliance matters in the context of direct shipment in the States. In September 2011, I traveled to Porto, Portugal courtesy of the Center for Wine Origins to learn about the legal pursuits of the Douro Valley to protect the name Port in the United States. I currently work as an alcohol beverage and food attorney at Lehrman Beverage Law, PLLC and have visited the wine regions of Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Champagne, Alsace, the Douro Valley, Andalucía, the Finger Lakes, Long Island, Sonoma, and Napa, among others. Hopefully, this list of wine regions will continue to grow in tandem with my story.
- B.S., Cornell University
- J.D., Brooklyn Law School
- Università di Bologna, International & Comparative Law (Summer 2010)
- Université de Reims, Diploma in Transnational Wine Trade Law (Summer 2011)
- New York
- Lindsey A. Zahn, Esq., What’s In a Name? The Importance of Grape Varieties in American Wines, The Grapevine Magazine, Jan. 2016–Feb. 2016, at 4, available at http://thegrapevinemagazine.net/article/whats-in-a-name-the-importance-of-grape-varieties-in-american-wines/.
- Lindsey A. Zahn, Esq., Owning a Wine Brand: Alternatives to Investing in a Traditional Winery Model and Their Legal Implications, The Grapevine Magazine, Nov. 2015–Dec. 2015, available at http://thegrapevinemagazine.net/article/owning-a-wine-brand-alternatives-to-investing-in-a-traditional-winery-model-and-their-legal-implications/.
- Lindsey A. Zahn, Esq., Label Lawsuit Lessons, Vineyard & Winery Management (October 2015).
- Lindsey A. Zahn, Esq., Legal Tastings: From Farm to Glass: The Cultivation of New York Wines, Beers, and Spirits, Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, Fall 2015.
- Lindsey A. Zahn, Tweets, Hashtags, Likes—And Booze, Beverage Master, Aug. 2015–Sept. 2015, at 4, available at http://beverage-master.com/article/tweets-hashtags-likes-and-booze/.
- Lindsey A. Zahn, Esq., Legal Tastings: The Ingredients in New York’s Craft Beverage Law, Hudson Valley Wine Magazine, Summer 2015, available at http://issuu.com/hvwinemagazine/docs/hvw_summer2015_issuu2.
- Lindsey A. Zahn, When FDA Takes Control: What Alcohol Beverage Companies Need to Know About the FDA, Beverage Master, Dec. 2014–Jan. 2015, at 5, available at http://beverage-master.com/issue/december-2014january-2015/.
- Lindsey Zahn, No Wine-ing: The Story of Wine Companies and Trademark in China, 1 Cornell Int’l L. J. Online 58 (2013), available at http://cornellilj.org/no-wine-ing-trademark-in-china/.
- Lindsey A. Zahn, Note, Australia Corked Its Champagne and So Should We: Enforcing Stricter Protections for Semi-Generic Wines in the United States, 21 Transnat’l L. & Contemp. Probs. 477 (2012), available at SSRN.
- Zahn, L. & Sturman, M. C. “Forty Hours Doesn’t Work for Everyone: Examining Employee Preferences for Work Hours.” Center for Hospitality Research Report, November 2008.
- Lindsey A. Zahn, Esq., Navigating the Challenges of a Regulated Industry, Wine and Beer Law, Thomson Reuters Westlaw (February 2016).
- The Society of Wine & Jurisprudence, Cornell Law School, April 2014.
- International Comparative Law: The Business of Wine (Guest Speaker), Charlotte School of Law, June 2014.
- Intro to Wine Law, Rosenfarb LLC, September 2014 (New York).
- Winery and Vineyard Law, National Business Institute, October 2014.
- International Comparative Law: The Business of Wine (Guest Speaker), Charlotte School of Law, June 2015.
- Winery, Brewery, and Distillery Law, myLawCLE, July 2015 (Miami).
- Legal Marketing Launch (Podcast), February 2016.
- Wine Law 101, Lawline, May 2016.
Firm Contact Information
- Principal Law Office Address: Lehrman Beverage Law, PLLC, 2911 Hunter Mill Road, Suite 303, Oakton, VA 22124
- Phone: 202-449-3739 ext. 4.
Photograph courtesy of Christopher Kulawik.