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Health Warning Statement

Like so many things, and as the saying often goes, “things used to be a lot simpler.” This applies to even wine labels. So in the interest of protecting the consumer Congress ruled in the requirement of a specific health warning statement to be used on all alcoholic beverages bottled after November 18, 1989. This […]

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Alcohol statement

The next item on our list of required label items is the alcohol statement. Ever since the early days of the history of the US the government has seen fit to place a tax on alcohol, at least the start out of it was just until the debt from the revolutionary war was paid off………………so […]

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Class & Type…otherwise known as varietal

The next required item I’ll cover is what the TTB calls a wine’s “Class & Type”. There are actually a number of wine classes, of which “Grape” is just one and what most of us are familiar with and fans of. (a couple of examples of other types are fruit wine and honey wine)Then when […]

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What’s in a brand name?

There are a total of 9 items required by the TTB (Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) to appear on all wine labels to be sold for consumption in the U.S. The first item I’ll start with here is the brand name. This is also a common guide used by consumers when they are […]

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Wine Label 101

Brand name, vintage, varietal, AVA……………what do all these terms mean and what is their significance on a wine label? Over the course of my next several bloggings I will be going into detail on each of these items and more one by one giving an insider’s perspective on what the actual regulations are that

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All things compliance- in the world of wine

Hello to all with an interest in the wacky world of wine compliance! What is wine compliance you may ask? I know as a person who does this type of work I am asked that more often than not when the subject comes up. Wine compliance is everything from all of the required records and […]

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