“Duck Dynasty” just can’t seem to stay out of the news. Just days after A&E booted Phil Robertson off the show for his derogatory remarks; Duckhorn Wine Company is suing Duck Commander, according to TMZ on December 24. According to the lawsuit, Duckhorn claims “If it walks like duck, we own it.”
Duckhorn Wine Company was co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976. The Duckhorn Vineyard is located in Napa Valley, Cali. According to the website, Duckhorn is “dedicated to making wines that reflect the unique character and quality of the vineyards. Bill strives to understand the needs and opportunities presented by each specific terroir and microclimate…..approaching each vineyard block individually. Bill’s goal is to harvest when the flavors have reached their peak and the tannins are at their softest.”
In Season 1 Episode 9 of “Duck Dynasty” viewers witnessed Willie purchase a vineyard and the family came down to try to help him bottle wine. It was a health inspector’s nightmare and the wine was not the hit Willie had hoped for. Somehow, Duck Commander, the company owned by the Robertson family, still managed to bottle its own wine.
Duckhorn wine sells for an average of $100 a bottle while Duck Commander sells for $10. Duckhorn is complaining that customers are getting confused by the labels. The Duckhorn label is soft and artsy with an etched pencil drawing of a duck whereas the Duck Commander label has a camouflage that’s made to look like ducks with a black label. The bottles and the wine are different colors. There is nothing similar about the wines.
Duck Commander says that there is no base in the lawsuit and that Duckhorn has no ownership on the word “duck.” And, for the record, Duck Commander was founded in 1972.
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