Special Coverage: Vine Notes

Vine Notes: 12 legal pitfalls for winery events

Vintners must be aware of these regulatory requirements for ‘passport’ events, winemaker dinners and invitation-only events, writes attorney Richard Van Duzer of Farella Braun + Martel.

Vine Notes: Are North Coast vineyards getting too pricey?

Pricing increases for Napa cabernet sauvignon grapes seem to be outpacing those for Napa cab wines. But are those increases worth it for less-than-stellar fruit? asks columnist Charles Day of Rabobank.

Vine Notes: Cyber attack lurks around your web-connected winery or vineyard

If a device in your winery or vineyard connects to the internet, it is vulnerable. Farella Braun + Martel attorney partner Tyler Gerking explains the risks and protections.

Vine Notes: Vintners shouldn’t bet on return of excess winegrapes

North Coast production won’t easily adjusted once newly planted vineyards are online, writes columnist Charles Day of Rabobank.

Vine Notes: Wine legal perils of new marketing tech

Online tech helps vintners and wine sellers connect with consumers, but regulators are concerned about unlicensed third-party providers.

Vine Notes: Sky-high North Coast vineyard pricing will moderate

Vineyard appreciation rates may moderate somewhat, but these elements point to long-term value growth.

Vine Notes: Wine businesses squeezed on unfair competition

California’s wine business is under greater assault from governments claiming unfair competition. Two industry attorneys offer eight prevention and survival tips.

Vine Notes: How will wine weather Brexit?

Vexing the U.K., one of the U.S.’s largest wine markets, are the fates of free trade, tariffs and pound valuation.

Vine Notes: Ensure your wine business can ride out ‘the big one’

Follow these tips to help avoid business disaster, especially when high-value wine is involved.

Vine Notes: 3 solutions for big property tax on estate

Here are three ways owners of wine-related realty can help protect heirs from a big property-tax bill.

Vine Notes: Pitfalls for California wine in U.K.

With wine export options in China and Canada weakening, shifting focus to the United Kingdom may be an alternative. But market nuances create obstacles to selling wine there.

Vine Notes: Look before leaping into winery crowdfunding

Federal crowdfunding rules coming this spring offer vintners exciting, unprecedented fundraising opportunities, but major financial and legal potential pitfalls have to be scouted first.

Vine Notes: Squeeze more profit from club shipments

Tis the season for vintners to send wine to their most loyal customers. But proactive action before bottles leave can fix ever-growing shipment headaches and cement long-term relationships.

Vine Notes: Wine e-commerce new opportunities, challenges

The increasing importance of online wine sales and the rising number of e-commerce platforms presents profit and growth opportunities plus competitive and pricing challenges for wineries looking for new ways to reach consumers.

Vine Notes: 5 vineyard, winery presale strategies

Whether to sell a vineyard or winery is one of the most significant decisions an owner will make. There are financial, career, lifestyle, and other factors that go into the choice, and the calculation is different for each person and each situation.

Vine Notes: Wine needs world-class customer service

We recently took over all in-bound phone calls for all of Treasury’s brands (Beringer, Chateau St. Jean, St.

Vine Notes: Lighter 2015 grape crop accelerates shortage

Grape growers have a saying, “Light harvests get lighter.” As we move into the 2015 harvest on the North Coast, it seems clear that we’re looking at a lighter crop than the last few years and, if the old adage holds true, it could be much lighter in certain varietals.

Vine Notes: Wineries overlook harassment liability

Harassment training is important in all workplaces, yet is often overlooked at wineries. However, wineries can be hotbeds for harassment suits. With the informal atmospheres prevalent in wineries come lax procedures and the stifling of complaints. This situation is worsened because winery employees often are lack the same type of harassment training that is now customary in the standard office setting.

Vine Notes: Double wine club membership in three steps

How big is your wine club? Is it growing the way you want it to? Is it a significant part of your revenue?

Vine Notes: North Coast vines need long-term water planning

Though the North Coast is better off water-wise than other areas in the state, groundwater-sustainability planning is needed before a looming state deadline.

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