Reading and watching the ICANN new gTLD program development with its lack of protection for entire Communities and groups, I decided to send a few tips to the board with the hope they will have a look at it. At this point, it does not matter whether they can help or not because the program is not launched yet. If ICANN wants to protect Wine Geographical Indications: there is still time.
Object of the letter: "Hints and solution for the protection of Wine Geographical Indications in the ICANN new gTLD program."
Dear Mr Fadi Chehadé, CEO of ICANN,
As a person involved - since 2008 - in the wine domain names that have just been introduced by the ICANN new gTLD program, I have been very happy to point out that there were 4 new gTLD applications posted on Reveal Day, June the 13th 2012: 3 applications for the .wine Top-Level Domain (in English) and one for .vin (in French).
Even if these applications are standard ones, it shows there is - definitely - a Wine community on Internet.