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Urban Winery and Brewery Seminar a Great Success!

11 Nov

The second annual seminar on “Owning and Operating an Urban Winery or Brewery” was held yesterday at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown San Diego. The event was a huge success and a great learning experience for the 50 or so attendees who came. The first speaker was alcohol beverage law veteran Lynne Carmichael, who spoke on the permitting and licensing aspects of starting a winery or brewery. Wendell Lee, General Counsel of the Wine Institute, gave a rousing PowerPoint presentation on the ills of HR 5034 and the bill’s attack on the Commerce Clause.  Seminar co-Chair Charles Reidelbach spoke on trademarking and labeling, while Anil Shrikhande, executive at Constellation Wines (and my father!), discussed the standards and profitability of various price points for wine. Later in the day, urban winery pioneer Michael Brill of Crushpad explained the bright future of urban “wine pubs” and the difficulties faced in starting a business of such.  This was followed by keynote speaker Jack White, owner and founder of Ballast. His passion for the beer industry was obvious. In addition to those I have discussed, I’d like to thank all the other speakers for taking the time to come and share their insight. We are already thinking of ways to make next year’s seminar even better!

Visit to viewthe entire seminar, which will be posted online soon.

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Owning & Operating an Urban Winery or Brewery

9 Aug

Over the last few months I have been assisting in organizing a seminar to take place here in San Diego titled Owning and Operating an Urban Winery or Brewery.  My supervising attorney at Higgs, Fletcher, and Mack LLP is the Program Chair, and I have been working aggressively with him to put together an incredible lineup of speakers from the alcohol beverage industry.  Attorneys from some of the most successful alcohol beverage firms in the nation, as well as representatives from the Wine Institute, California Alcohol Beverage Control, and Constellation Wines U.S. will be speaking.  In addition, the CEO’s/Presidents from Crushpad, Ballast Point, and Karl Strauss will also be speaking.  The seminar will be beneficial to anyone involved in or interested in owning a brewery or winery.  Attorneys who attend will also get CLE credit.

The seminar is set to take place November 10th, 2010 at the Doubetree Hotel in San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp District.  The link above is to a PDF of the seminar brochure, and here is the link to The Seminar Group website for the event.

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