LawSpcTop/Geo Indications Wine
Term: Summer 2023 - Law (05/22/2023 - 08/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|7/22/2023||7/23/2023||SU||9:00am - 5:00pm||OFFCMP TBD|
Geographical Indications in the US: Wine in Napa and Sonoma
Geographical indications (GIs) are place names that are used to identify products that come from a particular location, which has unique qualities that come from that region. The term is often applied to wines and spirits, as well as cheeses and other agricultural products. GIs can have a significant commercial value. GIs have the strongest legal protection in Europe; the United States has a different (and less robust) system for GI protection.
This course will explore the legal framework protecting GIs in the United States, with a particular focus on wines of Napa and Sonoma. By the end of the course, students will understand the concept of GIs and terroir, and will explore how geography and climate, as well as weather and winemaking techniques, contribute to the overall product of wines. Students will experience this firsthand on location and hear from wine experts and winemakers on these issues, with the opportunity for interaction and engagement. Students will also understand the particular policy issues and differences between the US and other regions.