US: Californian winery settles Foster's 'Grange' dispute
A Californian winery has introduced a new look for one of its wines after settling a row with Foster's.
Inman Family Wines, based in the Russian River Valley area of Sonoma, said yesterday (27 February) that it has started referring to its Olivet Grange Vineyard wine by the acronym OGV.
The move follows the settlement of a disagreement over the use of the term 'Grange' by the Californian company. Two years ago, Inman was approached by Penfolds, which is owned by Foster's, and was asked to cease using the word on its labels. The company, owned by Simon and Kathleen Inman, agreed to remove 'Grange' from its front labels in April last year.
"We really had no choice but to change our front label, as litigation with a giant corporation like Foster's would have drained our financial resources," said Kathleen Inman. "The name Olivet Grange Vineyard reflects our farm's location on Olivet Road in the Russian River Valley, along with the name of our country home in England, The Grange at Elvington."
The release of the new label coincides with Inman's release of its third Pinot Noir vintage, which will be available from next month.
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