May 27, 2005 |
The maker of the popular $1.99 Charles Shaw wine, widely known as "Two Buck Chuck," might be winning on store shelves, but it has lost again in the courts. A state appeals court in Sacramento on Thursday rejected the arguments of Bronco Wine Co. in its fight to use the word "Napa" on wines that don't always contain grapes grown in California's Napa Valley wine region. Maverick winemaker Fred Franzia, owner of Ceres, Calif.
August 6, 2004 |
The California Supreme Court dealt a setback to maverick winemaker Fred Franzia on Thursday, much to the delight of his Napa Valley rivals. The state high court, saying that it wanted to "provide stricter protection to consumers," forbade all winemakers from using a regional name such as "Napa" on their labels unless 75% of the grapes in the bottle were actually grown in the place in question.
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July 30, 2004 |
Four former employees of the company that produces the wine known as Two Buck Chuck are suing, saying they weren't paid for working overtime or given lunch breaks. According to papers filed in Napa Superior Court, Perry Roberts, Brian Bingham, David Yoch and Scott Christensen say they were classified as exempt from overtime even though their work was primarily manual. The four say they were production supervisors at Bronco Wine Co.'s Napa and Ceres, Calif.
January 4, 2001 |
New legislation intended to preserve the cachet of Napa Valley wine was dealt a setback by a California appellate court that ordered a temporary injunction blocking the statute from taking effect. The law, passed in September, requires wines using "Napa" in their brand names to get at least 75% of their grapes from the prestigious grape-growing county. The injunction was sought by Bronco Wine Co.
August 23, 2000 |
In the biggest wine-labeling settlement to date, federal regulators have accepted a $750,000 settlement from Bronco Wine Co. after a four-year investigation. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms began investigating Bronco after receiving complaints about the company's use of the name Rutherford Vineyards on its labels, an apparent reference to a grape-growing region.
January 4, 2000
* Beringer Wine Estates Holdings Inc., a major producer of California wines, agreed to sell its Napa Ridge brand to closely held Bronco Wine Co. of Ceres, Calif., for about $40 million to focus on better-selling products.