Beer, Wine & Spirits Industry

Wine Producers

Dinsmore advises wine producers on matters including regulatory compliance issues, negotiating and drafting distribution and licensing agreements, distribution termination, and litigation, contract fermenting and winemaking agreements, negotiating and drafting private label agreements, and negotiating vendor contracts.


Represented Multiple Craft Breweries, Distilleries and Wholesalers

We have represented a host of craft breweries, distilleries, wholesalers, and distributors through the negotiation of distribution agreements for territories within Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington. In addition to ensuring compliance with state-specific distribution laws, our work included negotiating key terms including minimum sales volumes, mandatory marketing spends, and termination provisions favorable to the supplier-side or distributor-side, depending on the applicable client.

Negotiate Leases and Provisions for Beer, Wine and Spirit Clients

Client: Various clients

We represent a growing number of tenants in the beer, wine and spirits industry and negotiate on behalf of such industry tenants for critical industry-related provisions in leases of all sizes and with landlords.

Represented Client Purchasing a West Coast Beer, Wine and Spirits Distributor

We represented the purchaser during its formation of an investment vehicle and subsequent $38 million acquisition of an West Coast-based beer, wine and spirits distributor. We aided our client by negotiating and drafting the asset purchase agreement and ancillary transaction documents, negotiating consents and releases with multiple suppliers, and drafting and negotiating purchaser entity formational documents. We also coordinated due diligence efforts on behalf of our client.