I started On Reserve almost four 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, 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 in New York and have visited the wine regions of Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Champagne, Alsace, the Douro Valley, Andalucía, the Finger Lakes, and Long Island, among others. Hopefully, this list of wine regions will continue to grow in tandem with my story.
As for my favorite wines, well, that is never an easy question for me to answer. I am a great fan of sparkling wines, particularly Champagne—usually blanc de blancs—and Prosecco. I also love a glass of Brunello di Montalcino on a winter’s day, as it reminds me of my original introduction to wine and the law and a subsequent visit to the Tuscan hill town several years later. My interest as of late is trying wines from newer regions to further develop my tasting palette. Finally, as a New Yorker, I am a strong supporter of New York State wines, and enjoy many of the state’s wineries, including One Woman Winery and Bedell Cellars of Southold, Wölffer Estate Vineyard of Sagaponack, Macari Vineyard of Mattituck, and Hermann J. Wiemer and Dr. Konstantin Frank of the Finger Lakes region.
- 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 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.
- Full Disclosure: Ridge Vineyards to Include Full Ingredients List on Label, Toast of the Town by Underground Cellar, May 14, 2013.
- Professional Opportunities and Jobs in Wine Law, The Society of Wine & Jurisprudence, April 29, 2013.
- Copyright, Fair Use, and Wine Blogs, Palate Press, January 31, 2011.
- The Society of Wine & Jurisprudence, Cornell Law School, April 2014.
- Winery and Vineyard Law, National Business Institute, October 2014.
Photograph courtesy of Christopher Kulawik.