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New legal niche fermenting at W&L

We hate to miss obvious opportunities for expert commentary, especially when they’re right under our nose.

We wrote last year about legal battles over the burgeoning wine industry in what used to be known as Northern Virginia’s “horse country.” Who knew that Washington & Lee University had its own Wine Law Society?

According to this news release , the wine law scholars were scheduled to hear this evening from Richard P. Mendelson, an internationally-recognized expert on vineyard and wine law and related land use issues. The Napa Valley lawyer and winemaker apparently had to cancel, possibly because of the weather.

Undeterred, the legal oenophiles plan to forge ahead with a wine tasting beginning at 4:30 in the faculty lounge.

By Peter Vieth


  1. Wine Law Society speaker Richard Mendelson is unable to attend due to travel conditions after the storm.
    The Napa Valley Wine Tasting is STILL ON at 4:30 pm in the Faculty Lounge, Fourth Floor. There is no charge for the tasting; it is open to all students, faculty, staff and the community at least 21 years of age.
    The tasting will include several great wines from different Napa Valley Appellations accompanied by cheese and crackers.
    Professor Mendelson’s book “From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America” will still be on sale for $20 in the Faculty Lounge.
    We hope to see you there!

  2. Complimentary Wine Tasting. That will bring in a lot of guests.

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