I recently met with my friend and fellow wine compliance colleague, Elise Baril. Elise is President of Baril Compliance Service, located in Santa Rosa, CA. We have recently been developing a referral relationship between our businesses and in that spirit I wanted to tap into and share some of her advice and input from over 25 years of wine compliance experience in this complicated area of the wine business.
I asked her two questions:
1. What is the biggest misconception that wineries have about their shipping compliance?
2. What key advice would she give to someone who is interested in a career in wine compliance?
Her responses provide helpful insight to both wineries and budding wine compliance specialists. Read more
The beginning cycle of winemaking is about to start in the northern hemisphere: the grape harvest. Otherwise just called "harvest" or "crush" by those directly impacted by it.
What does this part in the winemaking cycle mean from a compliance viewpoint? This is where all the records of a wine's life begin which include many of the details often referred to later at that final chapter, the wine label and marketing materials. Read more
The TTB's website really does have a lot of good information. (If you know where to look) I myself can vouch for this firsthand as I've been viewing it as part of my profession since 1998. It has come a long way since then! Now they are going back to their roots by including a section titled, "Eliot Knows" which is basically a version of their FAQs page.
Eliot's latest information for the curious wine regulation searcher is about one of the TTB's sites, the Public COLA Registry. Read more