California Supreme Court Rules For Napa Vintners In Case On Appellation Of Origin

Law360, New York (August 6, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a victory for Napa Valley vintners, California's Supreme Court has ruled that wines with labels bearing the Napa name must be be made largely with grapes from the region.

The state's high court unanimously upheld a state law requiring 75% of grapes used to make wines claiming a Napa Valley origin must be grown there.

The court ruled that a label on a wine bottle bearing the Napa Valley appellation underscores that grapes grown in the region are inherently different from grapes from other areas....
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