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Wine Industry

Black Stallion Winery

Represented the owner of the ultra-premium Black Stallion Winery, a large facility on the Silverado Trail in Napa, on the sale of the property and the business to Delicato Vineyards. Read More

Clos Pegase Winery
Represented Clos Pegase Winery, Inc., and sole shareholder, in its sale to Vintage Wine Estates.  The transaction includes the winery and surrounding land at Clos Pegase, as well as vineyard land at nearby Los Carneros vineyards. Read More
Huneeus Vintners
Represented fine wine company Huneeus Vintners in the sale of The Prisoner Wine Company’s portfolio of brands to Constellation Brands, Inc. Read More
Kendall Jackson v. Golden State Vintners
Defended a trademark infringement action filed by Kendall Jackson against our client, Golden State Vintners, over the use of the name VINTNER'S RESERVE on competing wine labels and ultimately obtained a successful settlement. Read More
Kosta Browne Winery
Represented Kosta Browne Winery in its acquisition of premium California coastal vineyards in Mendocino County's Anderson Valley. Read More
Larkmead Vineyards v. Frank-Rombauer Cellars, LLC
On behalf of Larkmead Vineyards, a Napa Valley winery, we brought an anticybersquatting case against the defendant which had registered several domain names using our client’s trademarks LARKMEAD and LARKMEAD VINEYARDS.  A favorable settlement was obtained. Read More
Lot-Line-Adjustment Ordinance Change
On behalf of a number of clients, we successfully prevailed upon the Napa County Board of Supervisors not to amend its lot-line adjustment ordinance to require discretionary review of lot-line adjustments.  We were able to successfully explain to the Board that, given the inability to subdivide lands in Napa due to its agricultural preserve, lot-line adjustments serve a number of legitimate financial and estate-planning goals by allowing land-owners to reconfigure parcels.  For example, lot-line adjustments allow owners to separate residential and winery or vineyard uses, thereby preserving and protecting the agricultural uses.  We believed that requiring extensive CEQA review of lot-line adjustments would have been unduly burdensome, and we convinced the Board of this. Read More
Naxon Corporation v. Tyler Nichols d.b.a. Precision Networks, et al.
Represented Naxon Corporation, which owned the mark WINESHOPPER.COM and operated a website at that address offering a wide variety of wines to consumers nationwide.  The defendant operated the Web page Wineshopper.net, which automatically sent customers to a site called Sendwine.com that offered a much more limited range of products than the Wineshopper.com site.  On behalf of Naxon, sued the operator of the Wineshopper.net Web page for trademark infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition, obtaining a settlement shutting down the defendant’s website. Read More
O’Neill Vintners & Distillers
Represented O’Neill Vintners & Distillers in the formation of a strategic partnership with Cecchetti Wine Company. Read More
O'Neill Vintners & Distillers
Represented O'Neill Vintners & Distillers in its acquisition of Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles, Calif. Read More
Opus One v. Fuente Cigar, Ltd.
In this trademark infringement action, represented Opus One, a joint venture of Robert Mondavi Winery and Baron Phillippe de Rothschild, S.A., against Dominican Republic-based Fuente Cigar, Ltd.  The case involved whether Fuente’s use of the name OPUS on cigars infringed Opus One’s trademarks. Litigated this case in the Middle District of Florida, ultimately obtaining a favorable settlement for our client. Read More
Round Pond Estate Winery
Obtained a new use permit from Napa County to allow this winery to greatly expand its marketing program, to increase its production capacity and to build a new barrel storage facility.  Round Pond is a family-owned and operated estate designed around our world-class vineyards, gardens and orchards. Read More
Treasury Wine Estates
Represented Treasury Wine Estates in its $600 million acquisition of most of Diageo’s U.S. and U.K. wine operations. Read More
Vintage Wine Estates
We assisted Vintage Wine Estates in acquiring all of the assets of a winery for a fraction of the bank debt secured by those assets. Read More
Wine Industry Bankruptcy
Represented various wineries in confidential workouts and bankruptcy planning, including winery asset purchase and sale, as well as negotiations with growers and bankruptcy planning. Assisted purchasers of wineries and their assets out of bankruptcy. Read More