New .wine online domain set to be uncorked. Not everyone’s happy.

on 19/06/14 at 3:10 pm

Booze News
imagesOnline addresses ending in .wine and .vin are set to be uncorked soon, despite objections from European governments and several wine industry groups.

The Internet’s chief regulator has reaffirmed its plan to allow the new “top-level domains” ending in and its French language equivalent, vin.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers said that, following a 60-day review, it found no problems with the process that gave preliminary approval in March to the new domains.

An ICANN statement said that in the process for launching new domain names that began in 2011, “parties with standing were afforded the opportunity to file formal objections… In this case, no such objections were filed against .vin or .wine.”

The board also said there was no basis to claims that ICANN violated its bylaws in the process.

In recent months, several European governments and wine industry groups have protested the plan, while the US government has stood in favor.