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Wine Law in America: Law and Policy

Richard P. Mendelson
UC Berkeley

2011. 448 pages. ISBN: 978-0-7355-9974-1.

About the Book

This is the first textbook on wine law and policy in the United States.


  • Explains federal, state and local laws governing wine production, taxation, marketing, distribution and sales.
  • Covers Commerce Clause and Twenty-First Amendment issues and cases involving interstate trade in wine.
  • Addresses wine labeling and advertising, including appellations of origin.
  • Explores issues of public health and social responsibility for wine industry members and wine consumers.
  • Comprehensive on how to establish and operate a winery, including grape sourcing, vineyard leases and licensing and permitting.
  • Describes key international institutions and agreements that regulate the global wine industry.