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Wine Industry Education Series 2018

2/9/2012Today

Please join us at Farella’s Wine Industry Education Series. Timely presentations devoted to keeping you abreast of a variety of legal issues facing wine industry businesses.  Conveniently held in both Sonoma, in conjunction with the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance, and in the Napa Valley.

Check this page regularly for updates and to register. Program dates and topics are subject to change. Contact Margaret Poza to be added to our email list.

2018 Programs

11/14/2018 - Bottling Customer Information: Privacy Policy Compliance for Wine Businesses (St. Helena)
11/13/2018 - Bottling Customer Information: Privacy Policy Compliance for Wine Businesses (Santa Rosa)
07/19/2018 - Are You Prepared for the General Permit July 31st Enrollment Deadline? (Yountville)
03/19/2018 - A New Era of Planning for Family Businesses, Especially After Recent Tax Reform (Santa Rosa)
02/08/2018 - Lessons Learned from the Wine Country Fires (Santa Rosa)
02/07/2018 - Lessons Learned from the Wine Country Fires (St. Helena)

2017 Programs

08/31/2017 - Joint Ventures for Today's Wine Business (St. Helena)
08/30/2017 - Joint Ventures for Today's Wine Business (Santa Rosa)
05/24/2017 - Winery Hospitality Events and Marketing: A Tapestry of Restrictions and Traps for the Unwary (Sonoma County)
05/23/2017 - Winery Hospitality Events and Marketing: A Tapestry of Restrictions and Traps for the Unwary (Napa Valley)
03/09/2017 - How to Protect Your Wine Business's Brand and Bank Account from Cyber Risks (Napa Valley)
03/08/2017 - How to Protect Your Wine Business's Brand and Bank Account from Cyber Risks (Sonoma)

2016 Programs

10/05/2016 - Lessons Learned: Wine Industry Sales and Marketing Tactics for Today's Market (Sonoma)
10/04/2016 - Lessons Learned: Wine Industry Sales and Marketing Tactics for Today's Market (Napa Valley)

3/24/2016 -  Avoiding Sour Grapes: 2016 Employment Law Updates to Protect Your Workplace (Sonoma)
3/23/2016 - Avoiding Sour Grapes: 2016 Employment Law Updates to Protect Your Workplace (Napa Valley)

2/25/2015 - Crowdfunding and Other New Equity Financing Options for Wineries (Sonoma)

2/24/2015 - Crowdfunding and Other New Equity Financing Options for Wineries  (Napa Valley)

 

2015 Programs

12/9/2015 - Lessons Learned: Innocent Decisions to Wine Transactional Monkey Wrenches (Sonoma)
12/8/2015 - Lessons Learned: Innocent Decisions to Wine Transactional Monkey Wrenches (Napa Valley)

8/27/2015 - Protect Your Wine Business Against Data Security Breaches and Other Cyber Risks (Sonoma)

8/25/2015 - Protect Your Wine Business Against Data Security Breaches and Other Cyber Risks (Napa Valley)

 

6/25/2015 - Current Challenges with Land Use Policies and Entitlements (Sonoma)
6/24/2015 - Current Challenges with Land Use Policies and Entitlements (Napa)

 

3/24/2015 - Succession Planning Best Practices: Effectively Transferring a Wine Business to the Next Generation (Sonoma)
3/25/2015 - Succession Planning Best Practices: Effectively Transferring a Wine Business to the Next Generation (Napa)

 

1/13/2015 - New Storm Water Permits for Wineries (Napa)
1/14/2015 - New Storm Water Permits for Wineries (Sonoma)

 

2014 Programs

12/2/14 - Labor, Volunteers and Strategic Employment Practices for Wine Businesses (Napa)
12/3/14 - Labor, Volunteers and Strategic Employment Practices for Wine Businesses (Sonoma)

10/14/14 - California's New Groundwater Law: What Does the Future Hold? (Napa)
10/15/14 - California's New Groundwater Law: What Does the Future Hold? (Sonoma)

6/26/14 - Hot Topics: Civil Enforcement Actions on the Rise in Napa and Sonoma Counties (Sonoma)
6/27/14 - Hot Topics: Civil Enforcement Actions on the Rise in Napa and Sonoma Counties (Napa)  

4/1/14 - How to Protect Your Interests When a Winery Approaches Insolvency (Sonoma)
4/2/14 - How to Protect Your Interests When a Winery Approaches Insolvency (Napa Valley)

2013 Programs

2/27/13 – Avoiding Probate and Trust Litigation (Sonoma)
2/28/13 – Avoiding Probate and Trust Litigation (Napa) 

4/30/13 – Environmental and Land Use Issues in Converting Sonoma Lands to Vineyards (Sonoma)   

6/11/13 – Wine Industry Insurance: Does the Insurance Fit the Business? (Sonoma)
6/12/13 – Wine Industry Insurance: Does the Insurance Fit the Business? (Napa)

8/13/13 – From Wage and Hour Laws to Employee Classification (Napa)
8/14/13 – From Wage and Hour Laws to Employee Classification (Sonoma)  

10/15/13 – The Trademark Continuum: Cost-effective Tips for Developing and Protecting a Distinctive Brand (Napa)
10/16/13 – The Trademark Continuum: Cost-effective Tips for Developing and Protecting a Distinctive Brand (Sonoma)

Firm Highlights

Publication

Questions Wineries Need to Answer Before Talking With Lenders About Coronavirus-Caused Financial Woes

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Supreme Court Ruling Expands Reach of Clean Water Act NPDES Permitting

Read the article on California Ag Net , here . In April, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling clarifying the reach of the federal Clean Water Act. The Court decided that a...

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Farella Advises on Sale of Diamond Creek Winery to Maison Louis Roederer

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, March 16, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel represented the family of the late Boots Brounstein on the sale of their Diamond Creek Winery in Calistoga, Calf. to French Champagne producer Maison...

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CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Summary (Updated)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) aims to provide qualifying small businesses, nonprofit organizations, veterans organizations, tribal businesses, sole proprietors, and independent contractors forgivable loans of...

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Reopening Businesses Must Consider Employee and Consumer Privacy

While we’re far from returning to the “normal” that predated the COVID-19 pandemic, states have begun to relax lockdown requirements and some previously “nonessential” businesses are returning to operations. Along with these openings, governmental...

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Dan Cohn Named to American Friends of Tel Aviv University Board of Directors

SAN FRANCISCO, May 26, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel Partner Daniel E. Cohn was elected to the American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) Board of Directors. AFTAU is a nonprofit organization that raises...

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7 Ways to Check If Coronavirus Triggers ‘Force Majeure’ Clauses in Your Wine Business Contracts

Never in the experience of most of us has an event so thoroughly interrupted business as usual as the coronavirus pandemic. The wine business runs on contracts: grape purchase agreements, event hosting contracts, vineyard...

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Farella Represents the Bundschu Company in its Acquisition of Valley of the Moon Winery

SAN FRANCISCO, March 5, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel represented the Bundschu Company in its acquisition of the 60 acre winery and vineyard property at the historic Rancho Agua Caliente in Glen Ellen, California...

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Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2020 Partner Elevations

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, Calif., January 21, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the election of senior associates Evan Abrams, Lauren Galbraith, and Alex Reese to the partnership...

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