What do you call Cristalino, the Spanish sparkling wine, after a federal court judge says that you can't call it Cristalino?
What happens if you run a picture of the old Cristalino bottle, like the one on the left, after a federal court judge says you shouldn't?
Who would have thought that the Wine Curmudgeon needed an attorney to write about $10 wine? But that appears to be the case these days.
Regular visitors will remember that, last August, the company that owns Cristal (and which will never be mentioned on the blog) won a judgement in U.S. federal court in Minneapolis. Cristal's owner said there was evidence that consumers could be confused between the two brands, even though Cristal sells for hundreds of dollars and Cristalino doesn't, and they are rarely on sale in the same location. A federal court judge agreed, and ordered Cristalino to redesign and re-label its bottle, with a disclaimer that says Cristalino isn't affiliated with Cristal or The Company That Will Not be Named.
More, after the jump.