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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Unified Wine and Grape Symposium

Mon. Jan 31, 2011

By Michael Kaiser I just returned from the 2011 Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento, California. Once again, a very impressive and important event for the American wine and grape industry. It is always a good opportunity for WineAmerica [...]

TTB Updates Rules for Approval of American Viticultural Areas

Sun. Jan 23, 2011

By Michael Kaiser On Thursday, January 20 the TTB released updated rules on the approval process of American Viticultural Areas. Essentially the process for approval is the same. The applicants will still need to file a petition with the TTB [...]

TTB Announces Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Proposing 57 New Approved Grape Variety Names

Fri. Jan 21, 2011

Today the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would add 57 new grape names to the approved list of grape variety names. TTB is seeking comments on the grape names proposed to [...]

U.S. Wine Industry Consumer Direct Sales Survey

Thu. Jan 20, 2011

VinQuest™ 2011 – the U.S. wine industry’s annual survey of consumer direct sales trends at the country’s 3500+ bonded wineries. Qualified representatives of any U.S. winery may participate in this survey by clicking here. Your participation will benefit the entire [...]

Fri. Jan 14, 2011

We are headed to Grand Junction, Colorado next week for VinCO 2011 : Wine Business, Enology, Viticulture, & Horticulture. Cary Greene and Michael Kaiser are featured speakers at the event and WineAmerica Insurance will have a booth at the trade [...]

Recordkeeping & Reporting Reminder

Thu. Jan 13, 2011

We’re in the season for sending in quarterly and annual Reports of Wine Premises Operations (TTB form 5120.17) and TTB Excise Tax Returns (TTB form 5000.24) again, so we thought it would be a good time for a brush up [...]

Date Change for the 2011 Wine and Grape Policy Conference

Thu. Jan 6, 2011

The 2011 Wine and Grape Policy Conference that was scheduled from March 20 – 23, 2011 has been rescheduled to May 8 – 11, 2011. As previously announced, the Conference will be held at the Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol [...]

Fall 2010 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

Tue. Jan 4, 2011

By Michael Kaiser Twice a year the Federal Government publishes what is known as the “Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” or simply the “Unified Agenda”. This document contains the the regulatory agendas for all Federal agencies. This [...]

Why Freeman v. Corzine Is Important, and Why Your Tasting Room, Event and Festival Privileges Are Constitutional

Mon. Jan 3, 2011

By Cary Greene Wines & Vines recently posted a somewhat confusing piece about the Third Circuit’s recent Freeman v. Corzine decision and we wanted to clear up why WineAmerica believes this decision is important and how we think wineries should [...]

Launch of the WineAmerica Blog

Mon. Jan 3, 2011

With the new year, we’re transitioning to a new format that we hope will allow us to communicate more easily with our members. We also hope that by transitioning to a blog, it’ll be easier to find our old postings. [...]