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New Law on Winery Social Media Ads for Certain Retailer-Hosted Events

Governor Brown recently signed into law AB2452, a bill that grants wineries broader privileges in the use of social media to promote certain events held at retailer premises, such as winemaker dinners.  The bill was introduced by Assembly member Cecilia Aguilar Curry, co-authored by State Senator Bill Dodd, and sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners. […]

ASCAP (ESCAPE) TO WINE COUNTRY

What should you do when copyright owners come a-knockin’? Wineries throughout Sonoma and Napa Valley have recently received legal notices from copyright owner groups, threatening legal action for unauthorized live and recorded musical performances in their tasting rooms, etc. which feature songs subject to copyright protection. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast […]

It’s Time to Renew Your FDA Food Facility Registration

Just a reminder that it’s time for wineries, breweries and distilleries required to register with the FDA to renew their FDA Food Facility Registration. Beginning on October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, food facilities that are required to register with FDA (which includes most alcohol beverage producers, even those operating as alternating proprietors) must […]