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Hold Up! Are You Sure a New Label Approval is Necessary?

Each year the TTB (Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau, the federal agency which regulates the alcoholic beverage industry) receives more and more applications for label approvals on alcoholic beverages that are sold in this country. A statistic from 2008 had the total of applications received at over 133,000, and somewhere around 85% of […]

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The dog ate my wine compliance system.

We recently adopted a 4 month old puppy and are now going through all the interactive learning experiences that come with it. Our guy is a border collie & terrier mix according to the border collie rescue group we found him through, so for anyone familiar with dog breeds that means smart on smart. While […]

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What’s in YOUR compliance system??

I have long referred to compliance as the unglamorous part of winemaking. I say this because all the details involved in maintaing a winery compliance system are necessary ones but for the most part very unpopular to those responsible for maintaining them. The reasons for this can often be related to the simple fact that […]

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Upcoming compliance education opportunities!

For any of you who have experienced the confusion and frustration that so often comes from dealing with winery compliance I’ve got some educational opportunities to let you know about that may be able to give you a light at the end of the tunnel in your search to understand compliance.

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So You’ve Got a Winery, Now What?

The wine industry is seen by many in a somewhat glamorous light. The art and craft of winemaking, the beauty of the areas wineries are often located, and the “good life” image that goes along with wine are what would come to mind for many when discussing wine. Now while much of this is an […]

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Tips for Successful Label Approvals.

For those of you reading this that can tell me what the acronym COLA stands for, this post is for you. Even for anyone whose first thought was “what does soda have to do with wine?”, but work in the wine industry this post is still a good one to read through.

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The Top Three Non-Required Wine Label Items.

All US wine labels are required to have a specific set of items. However, many of the most commonly seen wine label items are actually not required to appear on them. The items I’ll refer to as the “top three” non-required wine label items are; vintage, varietal and appellation.

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Texas Wine Region Declared “Hidden Gem”.

Texas has been an up and coming wine producing state for many years. Currently it ranks in 6th place for total number of wineries compared to all US states. One of its wine producing areas, the Texas Hill Country was also recently chosen the number one “hidden gem” for US wine regions by a travel […]

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Celebrities Getting in on The Wine Game.

I wrote a recent post on a long time music celebrity, Boz Scaggs who now has his own wine brand. In the article I explained how I was curious to find out if Mr. Scaggs had his own winery or was in the now common category of custom crush client. The reader responses I received were very […]

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Why a Wine Label Might Not Be Given Approval

In 2008 the TTB received and processed over 130,000 label approval applications, 80% of which were for wine. (the remaining 15% were for beer & spirits labels.) Those numbers have been going up steadily as the number of US wineries only continues to rise. So it potentially comes as no surprise that the room for […]

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The Lowdown on Boz Scaggs Wine

Alright- so I couldn’t resist the play on words here in reference to Boz Scaggs music and now winemaking activities. I’m a Boz fan from back in his heyday during the 70’s. So of course when I saw he had started a wine label I wanted to get the lowdown and find out does he […]

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The Seasons of a Winery: Fall = Harvest.

From a winemaking perspective harvest is probably the most anticipated time of year. The common question in winery circles goes, “So, are you ready for harvest?”. This is in relation to not only all of the preparations necessary to coordinate for equipment, staff, and scheduling but also the overall mindset that those directly affected by […]

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Why You Won’t Find the Clinton Wedding Wine in California.

One of the biggest social events of the decade is taking place today, Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. The wine that the wedding guests will find waiting for them in their hotel and inn rooms is one not often seen by California shoppers. It is a varietal called Seyval Blanc. The details of this major media event […]

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