Domaine Serene in suing its former winemaker, Tony Rynders, alleging that he stole the trade secret for making Coeur Blanc, a white wine made from red Pinot Noir grapes. This is reminiscent of a famous case from 1992 when Kendall-Jackson won a court decision over winemaker Jed Steele in a case involving the "secret formula" for a popular Chardonnay. The new case has troubling implications for winemakers anywhere.
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