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.
April 29, 2006 |
Old wine, new flasks. A long-running battle between the maker of the popular $1.99 Charles Shaw wine -- widely known as Two-Buck Chuck -- and the nation's elite vintners over the use of "Napa" on labels came to an end Friday. Bronco Wine Co. agreed to drop "Napa" from the label of a wine made with grapes grown outside the famous Napa Valley wine region. Two of Bronco's Napa-named wines will contain Napa grapes, the Ceres, Calif., company said.
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.
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.
August 26, 2005 |
The Napa Valley Vintners trade group said the California Supreme Court had denied an appeal against a lower court decision in the group's long-standing legal battle with Bronco Wine Co. The California Court of Appeal ruled in May that any wine bottle with the word "Napa" on the label must be made mostly from local grapes as required by state law. Bronco Wine Co.
December 10, 1993 |
Winery Penalized in Fraud Case: The U.S. attorney's office in Sacramento said a major California winery and its president have agreed to pay fines totaling $3 million and other sanctions after being indicted on charges of defrauding the wine industry and wine consumers. Acting U.S. Atty. Paul L. Seave of the Eastern District of California said in a statement that the indictment alleged Bronco Wine Co. of Ceres and its president, Fred T.