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From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America (UC Press 2009)

Richard Mendelson’s From Demon to Darling combines Richard’s expertise in wine law and as a winemaker in this accessible overview of American wine law from colonial times to the present. Recipient of the 2009 International Organization of Vine and Wine for the best written work in the field of law, the book offers a fascinating chronicle of the history of wine in the United States told through the lens of the law. Mendelson lucidly highlights the concerns that have made wine alternatively the demon or the darling of American society. The San Francisco Chronicle, in its review, says this is a “must-read for anyone who wants to produce or sell wine in this country.” The World of Fine Wine adds: “This meticulously documented volume provides the definitive background for understanding the competing legal, political, economic, and social forces shaping the ongoing evolution of America’s wine culture.”

Spirit in Metal

Spirit in Metal (Val de Grace 2011)

“Richard Mendelson is a lawyer, winemaker, and America’s leading authority on wine law. In his 40s, though, his mother died suddenly and it plunged him into a period of reflection about the meaning of life. In the midst of this difficult passage, Richard discovered a new passion: working in metal. Bringing cold metal to life became a release, a renewal, a meditation, and an exciting new passion and personal awakening. In Spirit in Metal, Richard takes us along on this wonderful spiritual journey, and step-by-step we see and feel the birth of an artist. This new Val de Grace Book will be released in the fall, in private edition only.”

Wine in America

Wine in America: Law and Policy (Wolters Kluwer 2011)

“This is first book of its kind in the U.S., covering the full range of important legal and related issues–past, present and future–of this multi-billion dollar industry. It’s a rich blend of policy, law, business and more, brought to us by an accomplished winemaker, distinguished legal practitioner, and inspiring law teacher.” Christopher Edley, Jr., Dean, University of California, Berkeley Law School. “This book should be studied by any student, scholar, government regulator, or policymaker who wants to better understand the trade policy and legislative and regulatory aspects of wine.” Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wine Institute