Wine firms' sour grapes in domain name battle
Published 22/09/2013 | 05:00
An Irish company is at the centre of a controversy that has enraged wine producers in California's Napa Valley and the powerful Bordeaux and Champagne vineyards of France.
Afilias, an internet company with international headquarters in Dublin, is one of three firms that has applied for the dot-wine (.wine) internet domain name. If the domain goes live, it would be used by people to register internet addresses ending in .wine – and wine producers are concerned that this could damage their valuable wine brands.
A spokesman for Afilias said: "Our long history of running and supporting some of the world's most popular domains demonstrates Afilias's commitment to the running of the internet for the global good of all parties."