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New Wine Law & Public Policy Book Available May 19

Submitted By: Lewis Perdue, May 17, 2011

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

Erik Lawrence.

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

Jacques Audier.

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.