Survey : What Are Your Top Wine Compliance Challenges?

Winery compliance is a complicated area which is only made more complicated by the fact that there is little to no formal training for those responsible for it. I realized this first hand 15 years ago when I first began managing winemaking records at Sterling...

So You Want To Get Into The Wine Business?

The wine business has a romantic image to it. How much of this can be attributed to the processes of winemaking and grape growing and all the images they conjure up is debatable but regardless it continues to draw a steady crowd of newbies to it. The numbers of both...

Teaching An Old Wine a New AVA.

A recent discussion came up on Facebook around the use of newly created AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) on wine labels made from vintages pre the AVA’s existence. The discussion was around the recently created AVA of Coombsville in eastern Napa. The question...

Does Your Wine Have an Outdated Identity?

Did you know that all wines have a standard of identity? All US wines that is, and this is in relation to how the TTB (www.ttb.gov/wine) defines them. A required item for any wine label is what the TTB refers to as a “class & type”. In most of our...