Copy Cats and A Flattering Zin

At the Firm, I’m an IP[1] attorney, so I handle copyright and trademark matters all the time. That means, when my clients find someone else on the Internets using their “stuff” without permission[2], whether it’s photos, lines of copy, the name of a product or service, consumer goods, etc., I take steps to get the infringing lowlifes to stop.[3] Whenever people find these infringers, they are personally affronted. Until yesterday morning, I couldn’t really empathize or understand why they were so mad. I thought, its 2015, this happens all the time, no big deal.

Not anymore.IMG_5783

There I was, doing some morning Instagram browsing, and I see my photo. Wait a minute, that’s my photo! And it’s not on my account! Someone has taken MY photo and did a sloppy edit job to change the wine, and posted it on their account!![4] Who does that?! I felt so violated. I could not believe it. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery,[5] but seriously, really? At least Repost me and give me some credit! And don’t do a hack edit job where you can totally tell you stole the photo! Loser!

Anyway, no time to dwell on these things.[6] Today is a very important day! April 29 marks the fourth anniversary of The Royal Wedding! Not only that, but we’re in the middle[7] of the second #GreatKateWait! Happy day kiddos! Lots of love from across the pond!

Onto the wine!

To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               April 29, 2015
Wine:              2012 Old Zin Vines Zinfandel Review
IMG_5784We actually opened this wine on Monday night[8]. It was fantastic then, but I actually like it even better tonight. The first night’s nose was rich and powerful with robust scents of leather and dirt.[9] It tasted like leathery raisins. Without a doubt, this was one of the smoothest wines I’ve had; it felt like velvet in my mouth. As it breathed a bit, the nose turned into a perfectly baked cake and the flavors magnified. The color was a deep, dark mahogany, almost black. This was a strong, full bodied wine; almost overpowering. Certainly not the wine you would use to introduce a Chardonnay lover to reds, but an excellent choice for a lover of all things red and powerful.[10]

When we were finished Monday, we used our Waring wine vacuum apparatus to seal the bottle tight. On night three[11] of the bottle being open, the wine is just as smooth, perhaps even smoother. The nose is still full of leathery earth. The taste is muted but fantastic. I’m getting some notes of cherry and toasted almond. It’s just so very enjoyable. Time to curl up, re-watch The Royal Wedding[12] and have some chocolate!

Wine Dossier
While I may not have agreed with the specifics of the tasting notes from Oak Ridge Winery[13], I do agree that it was “robust.” Though the label calls it a Zin, this was actually a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Merlot. According to their website, these grapes were culled from 50 to 100 year-old vines in Lodi, California, hence the name Old Zin Vines. Much better than the last Lodi Zin I reviewed. This retails online for between $10 and $16, so if you’re looking for a Zin that packs a powerfully delicious punch, grab a bottle and imbibe! Cheers!

IMG_5769Lawyer Footnotes
[1] IP: Intellectual Property.
[2] And it happens All. The. Time.
[3] Sometimes my clients are the ones doing the copying. In that situation, we say we’re sorry and work out a deal.
[4] This is blatant and unabashed COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT.
[5] So apropos that @lawbizmentors Tweetered this gem today.
[6] I’ve asked them to take it down. They have 24 hours and then I’m submitting a copyright claim through Instagram.
[7] Hopefully the tail end!
[8] After a horrific bottle we had to throw out. Blech.
[9] I mean this in the most pleasant way.
[10] I’m talking to you, Prince Harry.
[11] Yesterday was yoga night so I did a wine detox.
[12] A yearly tradition.
[13] They make the wine.