Some Wine With Your Law? A Law School Course in Wine

wine4.jpgBoalt Hall (Berkeley Law School) is offering a course about wine law, accompanied by extensive wine tasting:

Most students at Boalt Hall School of Law learn by reading class materials and listening to lectures.

But in Room 110, the lessons are sipped.

Glasses of pinot noir are part of Boalt Hall’s first ever wine law class, where students are learning the legal complexities of the wine industry. Lessons include tasting wines to examine the significance and differences between wine appellations, which have become a thorny legal issue.

If any student thought a class involving wine tasting would be a cakewalk, they were disappointed.

“It’s substantive. It’s hard,” said Mano Sheik, a third-year Boalt Hall law student. “We’re not just drinking wine.”

And that’s the point, according to the class’ instructor, Richard Mendelson. The Napa attorney, who has both worked in and concentrated his practice on the wine industry, said the law surrounding it is rife with issues involving the 21st Amendment, intellectual property, land use planning and international trade.

Perhaps Professor Bainbridge will soon be offering such a course at UCLA.

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7 Responses

  1. U.Miami has been teaching wine law for *years*:

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  2. Who would have thought there’d be so many wine law courses? I do hope that they all come with wine tastings. And I wonder whether there might even be a casebook to accompany a case of wine.

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