How wine enterprise regulation shifts amid the coronavirus pandemic for digital tastings and direct gross sales

Bahaneh planer

Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

1455 First St., Ste. 301, Napa 94559


Bahaneh Hobel is a partner at Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty in Napa and heads the firm’s Alcohol Beverage Law Group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of the law and regulation of alcoholic beverages for wineries, breweries, liquor factories, importers, wholesalers and retailers. Hobel has worked extensively with state and federal alcoholic beverage agencies in the United States, including the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco Taxes and Commerce.

Hobel received her JD in 2001 from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and served as a clerk for Judge Richard C. Tallman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before starting her legal practice. Hobel is a member of the California ABC Licensing Task Force and a member of the Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild.

Phillip H. Kalsched

Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross

438 First St., fourth floor, Santa Rosa 95401


Philip Kalsched, a partner in the firm, began his legal career in San Francisco as a litigator, where he handled complex business and real estate matters. He later started a real estate development company.

He has practiced law in Sonoma County since 1998, focusing on the wine industry. He works with wineries, winemakers, importers, exporters and other wine companies.

Kalsched has additional experience in the field of intellectual property, including trademarks and e-commerce, land use, licensing, international distribution, and incorporation, organization and dissolution of companies, partnerships and limited companies. He has further experience in international business transactions, including trade and distribution, and is a member of the International and Commercial Law sections of the American Bar Association.

Michael Brill Newman

Holland & Knight LLP

50 California Street, Suite 2800, San Francisco 94111


Michael Brill Newman is a partner and leader of the company’s alcohol beverage team. He focuses on advising clients in the alcohol and hospitality industries on national and international regulatory, contract, legislative and licensing issues, advertising and promotional issues, import matters, trade practices and inter-level relationships. He represents clients before the Federal Office for Alcohol and Tobacco Taxes and Commerce, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the State Board of Equalization, and other state alcoholic beverage agencies in the United States.

Newman is an associate member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, the Brewers Association, the Wine Institute, and the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association. He is currently a member of the Wine Institute’s Public Policy Committee.

Katherine Philippakis

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

899 Adams St., St. Helena 94574


atherine Philippakis is a partner in Farella Braun + Martel’s St. Helena office and chairwoman of the company’s Wine Industry Group. She is a wine practitioner helping her clients buy, sell, develop, and operate California wineries and vineyards.

Philippakis supports iconic, luxury and premium wine brands in their efforts to protect or grow their business by buying or selling assets, renegotiating with lenders, developing brands, and increasing debt or equity investments. Philippakis is recognized as one of the best lawyers in America and has been named one of California’s Top Women Lawyers by the legal publication Daily Journal.

Don L. Winkle

Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP

90 South E Street, Suite 200, Santa Rosa 95404


Don Winkle is a business transaction attorney with Spaulding McCullough & Tansil LLP. He has focused his practice on the manufacturing and service industries and works primarily with brewers, wine and spirits manufacturers, general contractors and architects.

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