Archive for the ‘Law’ Category

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Bloggers Getting Legal ~ Wine Bloggers Conference 2017

DISCLAIMER: Wine-Blog is a journal of my PR wine activities and learnings. 1) I occasionally write stories about wine clients, but don’t charge them hours for that time. 2) Wine reviews (and trips) originate from free samples sent by PR people representing the brands. 3) Images are either mostly mine, some are purchased; a few […]

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Next Step on Music Licensing ~ Head’s Up, Wineries

Having been in radio, and knowing that if you’re playing someone’s music in your tasting room, you need to be paying for it. I’m going to share what I just got from Jim Trezise of WineAmerica.org. Next Step on Music Licensing: A Bill  Just yesterday a bipartisan bill was introduced in Congress that would help alleviate some […]

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How to Get Your License Bond When Opening a Winery

Scenario: I get an Email, asking if I would want a story by Vic Lance, founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates, a surety bond expert who helps small businesses get licensed and bonded. Vic graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from […]

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Wine Retailer Association Augments Member Benefits With Shipping Discounts

Longtime wine colleague Tom Wark has been carrying the banner for the National Association of Wine Retailers. It’s been a great gig for him. I just got a press release, and I’m providing it in its entirety, because – well – it’s well written and anything I’d write would only be anecdotal. I haven’t kept […]

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The global wine market is about to get a shot in its legal arm

For any of my wine law friends, I’m sharing the upcoming Wine and Spirits Law Academy at UC Davis, scheduled for September 8, 9, and 10, 2014. Announcing the UC Davis Wine and Spirits Law Academy Sept. 8-10, 2014 University of California, Davis, and the Napa Valley, Calif. Wine and spirits legal experts from around […]

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Immigration law at the Sonoma County Wine Library

There’s going to be an informative, hands-on workshop in both Spanish and English on Immigration law at the Sonoma County Wine Library. I’ve asked wine grape growers what it’s like, now that we have stricter immigration laws, and none of them are happy. Many are being forced to by mechanical harvesters, because workers are no […]

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How does one legally start a winery?

I was contacted by Danielle Rodabaugh, the chief editor at SuretyBonds.com, a surety provider that issues bonds to working professionals across the nation. I’ve never studied this, nor have I ever helped a new business owner better understand how surety bonds affect the business licensing process. That’s a pretty specific area of starting a winery, […]

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Having a wine event? You need to get a one day liquor license, and here’s the process

Each year, as I produce a wine event for PS I Love You called Dark & Delicious, I set one day aside for “the process.” The following is a great check list. In fact, I’ll be using this myself, so I don’t forget anything. It seems like I forget at least one thing each year, […]

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Busy bodies, they make the world go round… sorta…

I know, sometimes I’m one myself; like, I just reported a car that was dumped across the street from my house at the beginning of June 2012, and it was still there on June  25. I went out, had a look… the dust that had accumulated on it was enough that I could have taken […]

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How to legally start a winery

I was contacted by Danielle Rodabaugh, the chief editor at SuretyBonds.com, a surety provider that issues bonds to working professionals across the nation. I’ve never studied this, nor have I ever helped a new business owner better understand how surety bonds affect the business licensing process. That’s a pretty specific area of starting a winery, […]