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Suggested Reading

After spending the last few years researching and writing about the legal overtones of wine, I gathered a list of helpful resources on wine law. The following is my comprehensive list of suggested reading on the topic.


  • Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy and Practice, Neal D. Fortin
  • From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America, Richard Mendelson
  • A History of Wine in America: From Prohibition to the Present, Thomas Pinney
  • The Intellectual Property Debate: Perspectives from Law, Economics and Political Economy (Meir Perez Pugatch ed., 2006)
  • The Law of Geographical Indications, Bernard O’Connor
  • The Little Red Book of Wine Law, Carol Robertson
  • Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure, Don Kladstrup
  • Wine in America: Law and Policy, Richard Mendelson
  • Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters, and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink, Tyler Colman


  • Granholm v. Heald, 544 U.S. 460 (2005).
  • The License Cases, 46 U.S. 504 (1847).
  • Siesta Village Market LLC v. Steen, 595 F.3d 249 (5th Cir. 2010).
  • Arnold’s Wines v. Boyle, 573 F.3d 185 (2nd Cir. 2009).
  • Siesta Village Market LLC v. Granholm, 596 F. Supp. 2d 1035 (E. D. Mich. 2008).
  • Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins, 592 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2010).
  • Wine Country Gift Baskets.com v. Steen, 612 F.3d 809 (5th Cir. 2010).
  • Bronco Wine Co. v. Jolly, 29 Cal. Rptr. 3d 462 (2005).
  • POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co., 572 U.S. ___ (2014).

Law Journal Notes and Comments

  • Michelle Agdomar, Removing the Greek from Feta and Adding Korbel to Champagne: The Paradox of Geographical Indications in International Law, 18 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 541 (2008).
  • Barton Beebe, Intellectual Property Law and the Sumptuary Code, 123 Harv. L. Rev. 809 (2010).
  • Irene Calboli, Expanding the Protection of Geographic Indications of Origin Under TRIPS: “Old” Debate or “New” Opportunity?, 10 Marq. Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 181 (2006).
  • Scott Danner, Not Confused? Don’t be Troubled: Meeting the First Amendment Attack on Protection of “Generic” Foreign Geographical Indications, 30 Cardozo L. Rev. 2257 (2009).
  • Ivy Doster, A Cheese by Any Other Name: A Palatable Compromise to the Conflict Over Geographical Indications, 59 Vand. L. Rev. 873 (2006).
  • Tim Jay and Madeline Taylor, A Case of Champagne: A Study of Geographical Indications, Corp. Gov. eJournal (Jul. 2013).
  • Brian Rose, Comment, No More Whining About Geographical Indications: Assessing the 2005 Agreement Between the United States and the European Community on the Trade in Wine, 29 Hous. J. Int’l L. 731 (2007).
  • Justin M. Waggoner, Note, Acquiring a European Taste for Geographical Indications, 33 Brooklyn J. Int’l L. 569 (2008).
  • Vicki Waye, Assessing Multilateral vs. Bilateral Agreements and Geographic Indications Through International Food and Wine, 14 Currents Int’l Trade L.J. 56 (2005).

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