Archive for the ‘Law’ Category

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Misleading Move to Monetize Historic Legacy in the Famed Napa Valley?

Perhaps a bit late to the party, but an issue that’s still near and dear to my heart, having worked and walked in Mondavi’s To-Kalon Vineyard. During that time, I was aware that we, at Robert Mondavi, were sharing that vineyard land with other wine companies, too, under contracts. When I heard that Constellation brands […]

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Good News For Performing Artists and Wineries That Play Music in Their Tasting Rooms

[These images are my own, as I had a photography pass given to me by the record company, when I was in rock radio. This one is Daryl Hall, John Oates, and G.E. Smith performing, after I had also been back stage with Daryl and John.] BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) and the Wine Institute partner […]

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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 […]