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Special Events: Identifying Legal Issues – Part 1

Special Events: Identifying Legal Issues – Part 1

Acres of rolling hills covered in fruit-covered vines are an idyllic setting for large gatherings and special events. But, for wineries, there are a host of legal concerns that must be addressed or they could lose their license or even be subject to criminal prosecution. ARE YOU ALLOWED TO HAVE ...
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Special Events: Identifying Legal Issues – Part 2

Special Events: Identifying Legal Issues – Part 2

By Brian Kaider, Esq. Special events are a valuable source of supplemental income for wineries, but they also present a variety of legal concerns, which if not properly addressed may have significant consequences. In the first part of this article, we discussed limitations on holding special events as well as ...
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Does Your Wine Require Formula Approval

Does Your Wine Require Formula Approval

By Brian D. Kaider, Esq. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has the authority to regulate the production and importation of wine in the United States. In some cases, the TTB requires approval of the formula before a manufacturer may make certain wines. The rules relating to ...
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Distributor Agreements: ‘Til Death Do Us Part?

Distributor Agreements: ‘Til Death Do Us Part?

By Brian D. Kaider, Esq. Many early stage wineries market their products via tasting room sales, wine clubs, direct-to-consumer shipments and, to the extent permitted, self-distribution to local restaurants, grocery stores, and wine stores. Eventually, winery growth will necessitate working with a distributor, a relationship not to be entered into ...
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The Most Common Types of Financing Available on the Market for your Business

The Most Common Types of Financing Available on the Market for your Business

By Angela Faringhy, Innovative Lease Services, Inc Metal tanks in a row inside the winery factory Let’s talk about money. In order for your agricultural and wine business to grow – sufficient funds are needed to take on projects, making purchases and expanding your operations to become more efficient and ...
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The Real Benefits of Financing: What are My Options?

The Real Benefits of Financing: What are My Options?

By Angela Faringhy, Innovative Lease Services, Inc. Financing Versus Equity Financing Banks, Lenders, and Investors (oh my!) all exist because we fellow businesses need them. They sometimes can be the fine line between succeeding and closing the doors for good. Each of these entities, holders of large sums of money, ...
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Adding a Financing Arm to Your B2B Business “aka” In-House Customer Payment Plans

Adding a Financing Arm to Your B2B Business “aka” In-House Customer Payment Plans

By Angela Faringhy, Innovative Lease Services, Inc With majority of business processes automated – payment plans are more readily available than ever before. This includes business goods, services, and consumer goods – almost everything under the sun can be financed. With that being said it is crucial for a business ...
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Brokers See Themselves as ‘Bridge’ Between Growers, Wineries

Brokers See Themselves as ‘Bridge’ Between Growers, Wineries

By Jim Offner Wine and grape brokers insist that their role transcend that of simple intermediary between grower and winery. Some involved in the process go so far as to eschew the term “broker” in describing what they do to bring the parties together. “I don’t like the word broker; ...
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Tariffs, Tariffs, and More Tariffs

Tariffs, Tariffs, and More Tariffs

By Dan Minutillo, Esq. Toward the end of this week, take a minute to add up and total the amount of US tariffs imposed on Chinese goods imported into the US. You can glean this data from online aggregated digital news, television news, or from US Government pronouncements about Trump ...
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Protecting Your Business From Employee Poachers

Protecting Your Business From Employee Poachers

By Brian D. Kaider, Esq. You’ve been in business for several years and have a dozen hard-working, dedicated employees working for your company, or so you think. Out of the blue, a new competitor enters the market and the next thing you know, all 12 of your employees have jumped ...
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