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Feb 10, 2014 07:23 AM

Champagne Krug takes on Austrian producer over Krug name

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  1. The other side: "Krug wanted 'total submission', says Austrian producer" --

    1. I'm guessing they could solve this problem if the Austrian winemaker would add his (her?) first name to the bottle.

      Krug isn't suing Charles Krug in Napa...

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      1. re: ChefJune

        "Isn't" doesn't mean "didn't." Joseph Krug founded the Champagne house in 1843; Charles Krug founded his winery in 1861. I wonder if, being from Mainz originally, Joseph was concerned about taking on the Prussian Charles.

        More likely, however, is that Charles Krug came first in terms of getting their product to American consumers . . .

        Then again., Krug has operated continuously since 1843, whereas Charles Krug all but ceased operations with Prohibition, and was reopened in 1941 when purchased by Cesare Mondavi. Champagne Krug, being in France, may not have noticed right away . . . something to do with the war, I'm sure.

        1. re: zin1953

          ya think???

          Then again, Krug no longer owns Krug. so the complaints are being made, I'm guessing, by LVMH.

          1. re: ChefJune

            Vigorous enforcement of trademarks is the law -- that or lose the trademark.

            That's why McDonald's went after a vegetarian "fast food " restaurant in Santa Cruz, CA in the late-1970s names "McDharma's"