NAPA, California, May 16, 2011 – Local attorney and wine law professor Richard
Mendelson has brought forth “Wine Law in America,” the first comprehensive
book on wine law and public policy in the United States.
Wine Law in America, to be released on May 19th by the prestigious Aspen
Publishing/Wolters Kluwer, is already being hailed as essential reading for
anyone who wants to understand the intricacies of the wine business, from
labeling and appellations to land use, trade practices, public health issues, and
more. Congressman Mike Thompson, who co-chairs the Congressional Wine
Caucus, wrote the foreword.
“This book should be studied by any student, scholar, government regulator, or
policymaker who wants to better understand the trade policy and legislative and
regulatory aspects of wine,” says Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, President and Chief
Executive Officer of the influential Wine Institute.
Christopher Edley, Jr., the dean of the U.C. Berkeley Law School, praised the
book as a ground-breaking examination of one of America’s most prominent
success stories. “This is the first book of its kind in the U.S. covering the full
range of important legal and related issues--past, present and future--of this
multi-billion dollar industry. It's a rich blend of policy, law, business and more.”
"Anyone seriously involved in wine in America needs to have this book,” says
William Earle, President of the National Association of Beverage Importers and
the former Assistant Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Mendelson is considered one of the leading international experts on wine law.
Since 1986, he has specialized in vineyard and wine law with the law firm of
Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty, which is widely regarded as the preeminent firm
in the field of wine law. Mendelson’s first book on wine law, “From Demon to
Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America,” was honored in 2009 with the Jury
Award from the Paris-based International Organization of Vine and Wine.
For his new book, Mendelson brought together an array of experts on different
aspects of wine law. To write the chapter on successful business models for
growing grapes and making wine, Mendelson enlisted Jim Terry, the managing
partner and head of the business department at DP&F, and his DP&F colleague
For the chapter on intellectual property issues, including wine
brands and appellations of origin, Mendelson turned to DP&F’s Scott Gerien, one
of the most knowledgeable experts in the field. Other authors contributing to
Wine Law in America include Wendell Lee, Jim Seff and Carrie Bonnington,
Margot Mendelson, Lynne Carmichael, Bill Casey and Andrew Wanger, and
In 2005, Mendelson established the
Program on Wine Law and Policy at the U.C. Berkeley Law School. Since then, he
has taught courses there on wine law and issues regarding the international trade
in location-specific wines, spirits, food products and handicrafts.
For more information about the book, about excerpt material, or about DP&F,
please contact: Jaymie Kilgore, DP&F, 707-261-7018.