Fall 2024 Webinar – Regulatory Roadmap for Importing Grapes by British Columbia Wineries: First Mover Experiences

AIDV Canada, with the support of AIDV U.S. Section, is pleased to present a Fall 2024 webinar offering the account of first movers in British Columbia and Washington State, with a focus on the regulatory and business process of importing grapes.

Their experiences to date can offer a roadmap for winery and vineyard operators and their advisors on both sides of the Canada-US border. Such a roadmap is not specific to Washington State and British Columbia, but rather can be adapted for future cross-border (bi-directional) sale of grapes or juice between North American wine regions.

Title: Regulatory Roadmap for Importing Grapes by British Columbia Wineries: First Mover Experiences

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2024

Time: 9:30 am PDT / 12:30 pm EDT / 6:30 pm CET

Duration: 90 minutes

Registration: please click here

Cost: Free for AIDV members, C$25 + tax for non-members


British Columbia wineries hard-hit by two successive years of severely curtailed grape production have turned to alternate wine regions to supply grapes for the 2024 harvest. The alternate sources of production are intended to bridge them through the next few years while grapevines recover (or mature, in the case of replanted vineyards), to retain valued staff, and to remain viable businesses.

Accompanying this novel business / survival strategy are provincial and federal regulations and policies governing wine production and sale. Regulations designed for normal times are proving unhelpful in times requiring quick decision-making and innovation.  Nevertheless, absent clarity on multiple facets of licensing, markup structure, appellation/geographic indication identification, and taxation, some “first mover” B.C. wineries have looked south of the border and are securing purchase contracts with growers in Washington State to import grapes or juice for the 2024 harvest.



  • Ron Kubek, Owner, Lightning Rock Winery, Summerland, B.C.
  • Craig Pacheco, Founder, Vin-Star Consulting, Seattle, Washington
  • Megan O’Neill, Associate, Farris LLP, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Laurie Macdonald, Executive Director, Ontario Wine Appellation Authority, Toronto, ON
  • [TBC], Washington State
  • Moderator: Karen Graham, Principal, WineDrops & Vice President, AIDV Canada

Attendance link will be sent to registrants the day prior to the webinar.


Continuing Professional Legal Development Credits:

British Columbia, 1.5 hours, course no. AIDV2024-3
Self-reporting in Ontario and Québec.

2024 Canadian Wine Law Conference

We are pleased to present AIDV Canada’s 2024 Wine Law Conference.  The agenda and speakers reflect the national coverage of the Canadian Chapter and the broad scope of current legal issues facing the wine industry in Canada.

DATE: Wednesday, April 24, 2024


11:45 am – 6:15pm EDT (in person)
9:00 am – 2:00 pm PDT / 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT (virtual)

AGENDA: Visit the Detailed Agenda page for more information.

LOCATION:  Toronto, Ontario, and online

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Suite 3200, Bay Adelaide Centre
North Tower – 40 Temperance Street
Toronto, Ontario


  • In-person Member: $175
  • In-person Non-Member: $225
  • In-person Student: $50
  • Online Member: $75
  • Online Non-Member: $125
  • Online Student: $50

In-person registration includes lunch and tasting. Prices exclude tax.

Registration link will be sent to registrants a day or two prior to the conference.

Purchase in-person tickets here

Purchase virtual tickets here

Webinar: Is Alcohol Going Down “Tobacco Road”?

Is Alcohol Going Down “Tobacco Road”?  From Responsible Consumption to “No Safe Level” – a Paradigm Shift?   

DATE:  Monday, March 4, 2024

TIME: 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time / 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time (may be extended to accommodate questions and discussion)

REGISTRATION: register via this link

COST: complimentary for AIDV members, C$25 + tax for non-members

ATTENDANCE: link will be emailed to registered attendees the day prior to the webinar

A paradigm shift may be taking place regarding the framing of beverage alcohol consumption. The existing paradigm – which focuses on “harmful consumption” by a minority of problematic drinkers – is being recast to an alternate paradigm that argues there is “no safe level” or NSL for all consumers. Products that have traditionally been viewed as tonic are now being conceptualized as toxic and associated with preventable harms such as cancer and heart disease.

Hear from two international experts who will give an overview of how the international beverage alcohol community is answering the question of how alcohol is perceived in society, and what the sector should be doing about it.

Bennett Caplan has served as President of Abridge™ for over 15 years. He has worked in the alcohol beverage sector for thirty years – as a partner at the international law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery; an executive focusing on alcohol beverage matters at Seagram, Vivendi, and Allied-Domecq; and as head of FIVS, a global wine and spirits association.

Jim Trezise is President of WineAmerica, the Washington-based national association of American wineries with more than 400 members from 45 states, plus a State and Regional Associations Advisory Council for powerful national grassroots advocacy. He has been a winery association executive for over 40 years in New York and elsewhere, and was deeply involved in the 1990’s wine-and-health issue, including as Director of Communications for OIV’s Sub-Commission on Wine, Nutrition and Health, and of FIVS, both in pro bono capacities. He lives and works in New York’s Finger Lakes wine region, famous for Riesling.




Wine Talks Seminar: Global Wine Law Update

How the changing international legal landscape will affect your winery’s operations in B.C.

The International Wine Law Association (AIDV) is pleased to collaborate with Okanagan College to bring this webinar to the BC wine industry.  On the margins of AIDV’s annual global conference, several international wine law experts are convening to present a Global Wine Law update.

Date:  Thursday, September 28, 2023

Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm PDT

Venue: Okanagan College, Centre for Learning Atrium at the Kelowna campus (1000 KLO Road, Kelowna, B.C.)

Tickets: Early Bird $20 per person

Registration: Okanagan College via EventBrite


  • Bennett Caplan, Head of Secretariat of FIVS, Paris, France (represents the global wine, beer and spirits sectors in areas of public policy)
  • Tracy Genesen, Vice President and General Counsel, the Wine Institute, San Francisco, USA
  • Mark Hicken, B.C. wine and liquor consultant, Vancouver, B.C.
  • Julie Legay, Senior Associate, Qolumn Law, Paris, France


  • Health and Alcohol Campaigns
  • Legal and Trade Barriers to Sustainability Standards
  • Commercial versus Land Based Licenses
  • Changes to EU Wine Label Standards




AIDV 2023 International Conference

33rd AIDV International Annual Meeting and Conference, Kelowna, Canada

Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 2023

AIDV 2023 International Conference registration is now open to AIDV members worldwide.

This year’s conference will take place in Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada.

For the agenda and travel information, please consult the AIDV International website.

Details are also posted on our CONFERENCE web page.

All members should have received the Agenda and Registration Form by email. If you have not, please email [email protected].

We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Okanagan Valley!


U.S. Chapter Webinar (2023)

The U.S. section of the AIDV – Association Internationale des Juristes du Droit de la Vigne et du Vin (International Wine Law Association) – invites you to join us for a program on legal issues and trends in the wine industry. The program will focus on the state of the rapidly evolving U.S. wine market, the globalization of environmental certification in the wine industry, and the “social-responsibility agenda” and its potential legal and business implications for the wine sector.

Date: March 28, 2023

To register for the program, please click here.

The program will take place in person at Wine lnstitute’s office in San Francisco and the Washington, D.C. office of Ropes & Gray, and will also be broadcast via Zoom.

January 2023 AIDV Canada Webinar

Issues facing Canadian independent winery owners… who happen to be lawyers. 

Have you ever dreamed of owning a winery?   Join AIDV Canada for a 60 minute webinar and hear from four independent winery owners – who happen to be current or former lawyers – who produce wine in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

DATE: Tuesday, January 17, 2023

TIME: 10:00-11:00 am PST / 1:00- 2:00 PM EST

COST: Complimentary for AIDV Canada members (code to be supplied), $25 for non members

DETAILS and REGISTRATIONhttps://www.aidv.ca/product/aidv-webinar-registration/

The access link will be emailed to registrants the week of the webinar.



  Doug Barzelay, Proprietor, Foxtrot Vineyards (Naramata Bench, B.C.)

  Jim D’Andrea, Proprietor, Noble Ridge Vineyards and Winery (Okanagan Falls, B.C.)

  Bill Knutson, Proprietor, SpearHead Winery (Southeast Kelowna, B.C.)

  Tara Mathison, Proprietor, Lakeboat Vineyard and Winery (Kaleden, B.C.)


Al Hudec, AIDV Canada Board Member and Partner, Farris LLP



  • business setting, pricing and cost decision making and outlook for 2023
  • regulatory framework as enabler and/or hindrance
  • risk management for growing grapes in a changing climate
  • selling wine into shifting trade channels and to changing demographics

Posted December 18, 2022 by Karen


Who Watches the Watchmen? Influencers in International Wine Trade Regulation and Policy

Please join the U.S. Section of AIDV for a webinar on the regulation of wine and other related alcohol beverage products in areas such as labeling, certification, production, and methods of analysis.

Date/Time: Mar 30, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern (US and Canada)

If you would like to attend the webinar, please click here to register

AIDV International Robert Tinlot Moot Court Competition March 14-15, 2022

Despite the difficult context of these days, at this time of the year the final step of the AIDV – Robert Tinlot Moot Court Competition takes place, organized by the Wine & Law Program – A Jean Monnet Chair and the Georges Chappaz Institute for Vine and Wine in Champagne, graciously supported by the AIDV. The pleadings will take place in Reims on March 14 & 15.

This year we have the pleasure to welcome a team from Latin America (the University of Salvador, in Argentina) together with the teams of Alicante, Reims, Roma Tre and Strasbourg.

Besides, on the occasion of this international meeting, we want to unite the forces in the field of Wine Law. This is why at the margin of the Competition program, we have scheduled the following events:

  • on the afternoon of March 14, the students of our Master’s degree will present in front of professionals of the wine sector a seminar on current issues of Wine Law. This year, it will concern “The new CMO for wine: “hybrids, desalcoholisation and changes in the protection of PDOs/PGIs”, followed by questions and a debate on these fundamental issues.
  • on the morning of March 15, just before the finalist teams “cross swords” all participating teams (with the exception of the finalists) will participate to a Round Table on the 30 Years of the Loi Evin, and more precisely on “The Loi Evin in the Digital Era (Social Media, Internet and Beyond)“, with the participation of: L. CARRARA (Rome), M. CRUPI (Alicante), T. GEORGOPOULOS (Reims), V. GIMENO (Alicante), F. HONORAT (Paris), C. LE GOFFIC  (Lille), S. MARTIN (EUIPO), R.-J. PRINS (Aix), M. ROJO (Salvador).

I  hope this is likely to interest the AIDV members. Please note that limited places will be available (upon registration). The event will not be available on streaming but it will be recorded and made available on Jus Vini blog (https://www.wine-law.org/index.php/en/welcome-to-jus-vini-blog-the-electronic-journal-of-wine-spirits-law) shortly afterwards.


The International Wine Law Association / Association Internationale des Juristes du Droit de la Vigne et du Vin (AIDV) is holding its next Conference in Madeira, Portugal from Oct 6 – 10, 2022. Since 1987, AIDV international conferences have dealt with rural law, intellectual property and counterfeiting, contracts, trade, economic and fraud law, advertising, the environment, jurisprudence, litigation, arbitration and all other legal issues applied to the wine sector in a comparative and international manner.

For the most current information, please visit: https://aidv.org/international-conferences.html