Experience

Anchor Distilling Company

Representation of founder of Anchor Distilling Company in connection with redemptions by Anchor following sale of Anchor Brewing and follow on representation in the establishment of San Francisco-based distilling venture with Berry Bros. & Rudd.

Diamond Creek Winery

Represented the family of the late Boots Brounstein on the sale of their Diamond Creek Winery in Calistoga, Calf. to French Champagne producer Maison Louis Roederer.

Valley of the Moon Winery

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 in Sonoma Valley, the current home of the Valley of the Moon Winery.

First Republic Bank

We assist First Republic Bank with structuring, drafting and negotiating loan documents for its individual and business clients for business acquisition loans, real estate acquisition loans, short and long term real estate term loans, equity and accounts receivable secured personal and commercial lines of credit, real estate construction loans and loans for buy-outs and recapitalizations.

Silicon Valley Bank

We assist Silicon Valley Bank’s premium wine banking group with structuring, drafting and negotiating loan documents for its winery clients in connection with vineyard and winery acquisition and development loans, short and long term real estate term loans, inventory and accounts receivable secured working capital lines of credit, winery construction loans and loans for buy-outs and recapitalizations.

Tesseron Vineyards

Represented Tesseron Vineyards, a subsidiary of Chateau Pontet-Canet, in its acquisition of the Robin Williams vineyard estate.

Acquisition of Far Niente

Represented GI Partners on diligence matters relating to its acquisition of Far Niente winery.

Acquisition of WineBid, Inc.

Represented an investment group led by Third Leaf Partners in its acquisition of WineBid, Inc., the largest online auction for fine and rare wines.

Calera Wine Company

Represented Calera Wine Company in its sale to Duckhorn Wine Company.

Circle S Ranch Acquisition

Represented the Read family in its acquisition of Napa’s Circle S Ranch.

Duckhorn Wine Company

Represented Duckhorn Wine Company on diligence matters relating to its acquisition of Kosta Browne Winery.

Kenwood Winery Acquisition

Represented Pernod Ricard in its acquisition of the Kenwood Winery.

Michael David Winery

Represented Lodi-based Michael David Winery in its purchase of a historic Geyserville winery, tasting room and vineyards from Silver Oak Cellars.

Ovid Winery

Represented Napa cult winery Ovid in its sale to the owners of Napa Valley’s Silver Oak and Twomey wineries.

Sale of Central Coast California Blossom Hill Winery

Represented Treasury Wine Estates in its sale of Central Coast California Blossom Hill Winery to Delicato Family Vineyards.

Stony Hill Vineyard

Represented Stony Hill Vineyard in its sale to Long Meadow Ranch.

Talbott Vineyards

Represented Talbott Vineyards in its sale to E&J Gallo.

Treasury Wine Estates on Sale of St. Clement

Represented Treasury Wine Estates in its sale of the St. Clement winery to Huneeus Vintners.

Advise Terroir Capital on Sale of Qupé

Represented Terroir Capital LLC in its sale of the Qupé wine brand and inventory to Vintage Wine Estates.

Fetzer Vineyards on Its Acquisition of Excelsior Wine Company

Represented Fetzer Vineyards in its acquisition of the Excelsior Wine Company collection. The addition to its portfolio of the Excelsior collection positions Fetzer Vineyards as the nation’s leading supplier of South American wines and as the 12th largest wine marketer in the United States.

Hop Kiln Winery Acquisition

Serves as outside general counsel for and represented Justin Vineyard & Winery, a subsidiary of The Wonderful Company, in the acquisition of Sonoma’s Hop Kiln Winery in Healdsburg, California. The Hop Kiln Winery is one of the most historically significant agricultural buildings in Sonoma County and had fallen into disrepair under previous ownership. Farella assisted with the acquisition of the property and now leads a team of consultants with expertise in historic rehabilitation. The team was successful in obtaining permission to perform a seismic upgrade and rehabilitation of the historic kiln structure and in obtaining a pending use permit that will allow the owners to move forward with a complete remodel of the interior of the hop kiln structure, as well as the construction of a new winery production facility on the site. 

Sale of 7 Deadly Wine Brand

Represented Michael David Winery in the sale of its 7 Deadly Lodi Zinfandel brand to The Wine Group. The sale included 7 Deadly Zins, the #1 Zinfandel brand in the United States, and 7 Deadly Red.

Sazerac Co. Inc. v. Fetzer Vineyards

Represented Fetzer Vineyards in a trademark infringement suit alleging it violated the Lanham Act and state statutes by featuring on the label for its 1000 Stories zinfandel a single buffalo icon and disclosing that the wine is aged in bourbon barrels. Following a week-long trial in the Northern District of California, the federal judge ruled in favor of Fetzer.

O'Neill Vintners & Distillers

Represented O'Neill Vintners & Distillers in its acquisition of Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles.

Huneeus Vintners

Represented fine wine company Huneeus Vintners in the sale of The Prisoner Wine Company’s portfolio of brands to Constellation Brands, Inc.

Kosta Browne Winery

Represented Kosta Browne Winery in its acquisition of premium California coastal vineyards in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley.

Treasury Wine Estates

Represented Treasury Wine Estates in its $600 million acquisition of most of Diageo’s U.S. and U.K. wine operations.

Firm Highlights

News

Alexis Sinclair Joins Farella Braun + Martel’s Financial Services Industry Group

SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce that business transactions lawyer Alexis Sinclair has joined the firm as special counsel in its Financial Services...

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How California Wine Business Property Transfer Rules Will Change in 2021

Lauren Galbraith commented in the North Bay Business Journal article "How California Wine Business Property Transfer Rules Will Change in 2021."  “I see families in the wine business demonstrate keen awareness that they must...

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Farella Braun + Martel Elevates Five to Partner

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SEC Expands Definition of “Accredited Investor” – Here Are 5 Key Takeaways

The SEC recently adopted amendments to Rule 501(a) of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 that expand the definition of “accredited investor” by adding new categories of eligibility based on professional knowledge...

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Maximizing Business Insurance Coverage Benefits After a Fire

Unfortunately, we again write while wildfire is devouring homes and businesses in Napa and Sonoma, and threatening many more. We’ve previously posted tips about first steps that you should take in the event your...

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Top 10 Practical Business Implications Arising From the Passage of the CPRA

California’s Proposition 24 passed as expected, and the new California Privacy Rights Act will change the privacy landscape created by the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), which went into effect only months ago. While...

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Lawyers Advising California’s Wineries Navigate a Pandemic and Wildfires

Partners Tyler Gerking and Matt Lewis were interviewed in the Daily Journal article "Lawyers advising California’s wineries navigate a pandemic and wildfires."

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Event

North Bay Business Journal Wine Industry Conference - Part 2

Farella Braun + Martel is a proud underwriter of the North Bay Business Journal's 2021 Wine Industry Conference series. This event features keynote speaker Jon Moramarco, Managing Partner for bw166 LLC and Editor & Partner...

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M&A Deals and PPP Loans: Unexpected Parties in Your Deal

The Payroll Protection Program has been a lifesaver to many businesses this year, but its quick roll out, and many generous features (including potential forgiveness) could tempt a borrower to treat the PPP as...

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Estate Planning During Uncertain Times

Farella's Wine Industry Education Series features Lauren Galbraith discussing "Estate Planning During Uncertain Times." Estate planning for vineyard and winery owners has come to the forefront during this unpredictable pandemic and in light of...

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