Alcohol and Beverage Licensing
Environmental Quality Act Compliance
Product Distribution Agreements
Lot Line Adjustments
The primary industry in the Napa Valley is undoubtedly the growing of grapes and the production of wine. As with any large industry, the legal problems that one encounters can be truly intimidating. From acquisition of land, to grape contracts; from equipment purchases, to leases and other contractual issues; from distribution agreements to regulation adherence and management of employees, the legal issues are pervasive and complicated.
As exciting as the world of wine can be, the production and distribution of alcoholic beverages is one of the most intensely regulated industries in the United States. Everything connected with the industry including labeling, bonding, and reporting of production is precisely regulated and controlled. We have assisted many through this labyrinth of complexity and through all the the facets of the wine industry.
Winemaking has been an integral part of four generations of the Miroglio family. Bruce's grandfather owned and operated a winery as did his father-in-law. Bruce and his son Anthony aside from working together, have made wine on a non-commercial basis for 25 years, giving them an intimate knowledge, not only of the legal issues, but also of the factual challenges that are faced in the vineyard and winery.
This experience and the interconnected nature of the valley has benefited our clients in more ways than one. Bruce once walked into a clients facility who was contemplating a major action against the manufacturer of a machine that was responsible for capsule dispensing and application. It was operating defectively. After discussing the matter and reviewing the scene, Bruce contacted a different client who sent a technician to look over the machine. Within an hour or so, the machine was operating without flaw. Our specific knowledge of the both the industry and our relationships within it provides an advantage since we can leverage our passion and experience of both wine-making and the law.
We understand the roots of Napa Valley's success as a region. These roots were established by hardworking farmers, operating with handshake deals with the producers. The wine industry is somewhat unique in that this trust between grower and producer still remains central to the success of both parties and the valley as a region.
A troubling trend that Napa Valley is facing today is associated with its success. The influx of corporate ownership and new wealth has been a great benefit to bringing in passionate people who love to make great wine. However, along with these assets have come some large corporate influences. Sometimes cut-throat business practices which have been successful in other industries do not fit within the intimate Napa Valley environment.
Some of our most fulfilling cases are those where clients ask for our help defending against such practices. We not only have the opportunity to help good, hard-working people, but we help to preserve the essential element that we feel has made the Napa Valley such an amazing place to live and work.
We use knowledge of wine collected through four generations of wine-making to assist our clients. Whether it is avoiding future problems or addressing ongoing issues, we provide security. This offers our clients the opportunity to do what they do best, making world class wines and sharing them with the world. If you have any questions we would love to provide our assistance. Please give us a call.