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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Joint Farm Bill Proposal Hits a Wall as Super Committee Fails

Tue. Nov 22, 2011

By Jennifer Montgomery Late last week, we were advised by Agriculture Committee staff that the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees had reached a tentative agreement on a 2012 Farm Bill proposal to be submitted [...]

DTC Wine Symposium Expands to San Francisco, January 18-19, 2012

Mon. Nov 21, 2011

Once again, WineAmerica is a sponsor of the successful Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium, the annual summit on wine direct marketing and sales. We encourage your marketing teams to attend. Organized by vintners, for vintners, the fifth annual summit will [...]

WineAmerica Supports Federal Bill Allowing USPS to Deliver Wine to Consumers

Fri. Nov 18, 2011

November 18, 2011 The Senate recently introduced S. 1789, the “21st Century Postal Service Act of 2011.” The bill includes a provision—section 404—that would modify federal law to allow the shipping of wine by the U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”). As [...]

WineAmerica Co-Hosting Wine and Shellfish Reception on Capitol Hill Tonight

Thu. Nov 17, 2011

Tonight WineAmerica, the Wine Institute and the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association are co-sponsoring a white wine and shellfish reception for the Congressional Wine Caucus and the Congressional Shellfish Caucus. Traditionally this has been an event that only served California [...]

2011 Fall Board Meeting in Boise

Thu. Nov 10, 2011

By Michael Kaiser The annual WineAmerica Fall Board of Directors and Membership meeting has come and gone once again. This year we visited the Snake River Valley in Southwest Idaho. The Snake River Valley is Idaho’s first American viticultural area [...]

TTB Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Allow Vintage Dating on Country of Origin Wines

Fri. Nov 4, 2011

The TTB has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to allow the use of vintage dating on a wine labeled with a country appellation of origin, such as “American”. The official TTB summary is as follows. The Alcohol and Tobacco [...]

TTB Issues Final Approval of New Grape Variety Names for American Wines

Fri. Nov 4, 2011

The TTB has issued their final ruling on proposed grape variety names for use on domestic wine labels. The TTB’s statement on the ruling is below, as is the link to the final rulemaking. This document adopts, as a final [...]

Understanding the California ABC’s New Advisory for Wineries and Third Party Providers

Wed. Nov 2, 2011

Our friends and WineAmerica Supplier Member ShipCompliant have written a great analysis of the new advisory put out by the California ABC on “Third Party Providers”. Understanding the California ABC’s New Advisory for Wineries and Third Party Providers November 1st, [...]