Certificate in the Legal and Business Aspects of Wine

Wine certificate

Program Overview

Gonzaga University’s Wine Institute is designed to be a premier resource for lawyers and business professionals involved in the wine industry and is proud to offer the Certificate in the Legal and Business Aspects of Wine. Through classes taught by top professionals to immersion trips to successful wineries, this program gives participants a unique education on wine law and business. 

The Certificate in the Legal and Business Aspects of Wine has been approved for:

10.0 CLE credits in OR
10.75 CLE credits in WA

Program Specifics 

  • Open for Enrollment Now! See details below. 
  • Price: $3,995. There are payment plans available.
  • Duration: This program has rolling admission. The 5 Modules containing 16 topical classes must be completed within three terms (fall, spring, and summer) based on the date of enrollment.
  • Eligibility: In order to enroll in the Certificate program, students should have completed an undergraduate degree (in any field) or certify that they have at least 5 years of experience working in the wine industry or a wine-related business.  While the Gonzaga University Wine Institute is currently supported by the Gonzaga Law School, a law degree is not required for enrollment (and courses are created to be beneficial to those from diverse backgrounds – legal, business, and otherwise).

Certificate Requirements

  • Complete all 16 online topics (which includes background readings, lecture videos, and a short final assessment). Click here to view full online Certificate Requirements 
  • Attend one of the two Immersion Events that will be offered over the course of a year. Travel costs and/or fees charged by immersion location are not included in the certificate program tuition.

What You'll Learn

  •  This program features a suite of academic programming related to the business, management, and legal aspects of this highly regulated area.
  • Topics include: drafting and negotiation of wine industry contracts and agreements, wine clubs, wine distribution & more!









First Immersion Event

Chateau Ste Michelle

*This event has been postponed and will now take place in March 2021

The first immersion event will take place at Chateau Ste Michelle Winery in Woodinville, WA (just outside of Seattle). The interactive experience will include a winery tour, tastings, and presentations by leading wine experts.


Contact Gonzaga University Wine Institute Director Jessica Kiser at kiser@gonzaga.edu.

Featured Instructors


Richard Mendelson


Richard Mendelson is an internationally recognized wine lawyer, with a particular expertise in geographical indications, at Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty in Napa. He also directs the Wine Law and Policy Program at UC Berkeley Law School, and he is the sole proprietor of Mendelson Wines, producing Pinot Noir and fortified dessert wines. Richard is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and Stanford Law School. He is the author of From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America, Wine in America: Law and Policy, and Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure.


Tanner Strickland Lenart


Tanner Lenart became an associate with Christensen & Jensen in 2013. Her practice at Christensen & Jensen focuses on insurance defense and hospitality issues, with a special interest in liquor licensing. Originally from Alabama, Tanner and her husband have lived in Utah for over seven years. Tanner's practices include assisting clients with liquor licensing, DABC regulatory compliance and enforcement defense.

Chef Morris

Chef Joseph Morris


Joe Morris grew up in Orlando, Florida and moved to Spokane during high school. After learning the basics of cooking in culinary school, he quickly realized that he wanted to do more than simply cook a nice meal. He aims to create experiences and memories involving food. Joe sought out work experience, mentors, and competitions to challenge himself, and he has developed into one of the best chefs in our region as a result. For the last few years, Joe has been the head chef at Luna Restaurant where the food is timeless and seasonal with a focus on supporting local farmers. He is a regular on local television cooking segments and has been the subject of numerous features in the Inlander and the Spokesman-Review. When he is not creating beautiful culinary experiences, he is likely enjoying time with his kids.