Joseph Phelps Vineyards & Moët Hennessy USA Square Off In A Pair Of Delightful Legal Battles

April 28, 2015

Joseph Phelps Vineyards and Moët Hennessy USA have squared off in a sour confrontation over sweet wine labels. The battle is playing out in two separate proceedings: one in federal court and the other in the trademark appeals process. The battles should also be a wake-up call for other wineries especially those with older trademarked […]

Aided By USDA Funding, Calif Wine Exports Continue Growth Despite 2014’s Stumble

April 20, 2015

This article is the third in a series on California’s Wine Institute. Read the others here: Wine Institute Facing Changed Industry Climate Wine Institute’s Shrinking Representation Of California   Despite a stumble in 2014 exports, exports of California wines have continued to grow in volume, value and price per gallon. As the chart below illustrates, […]

Wine Institute Facing Changed Industry Climate

April 16, 2015

The Wine Institute is the nation’s oldest and largest wine trade association, having represented California vintners since 1934. Despite its preeminence and longevity, it is facing a changed competitive climate: California wines continue to lose market share to imports. The Institute itself grows less representative of the state’s wineries with a smaller percentage of the […]