State::Labeling & Advertising

September 2015 ::New York :: Policy

New York State’s Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cider Summits have resulted in a reduction of over $424,000 in fees over the past three years for distillers. This has allowed the number of distilleries to increase from 10 in 2011 to 78 in 2015. The elimination of brand label registration fees and duplicative license requirements for [...]

October 2014 ::New York :: Labeling & Advertising

The release of new top level domain names (TLDs), .vin and .wine is imminent. The New York Wine Industry Association, the Long Island Wine Council, and others oppose this, saying that “when these domain strings are released, there is a significant risk that established brand names will be abused. Strategies to protect against such abuse [...]

July 2014 ::California :: Labeling and Advertising

 California legislature has recently begun the process of passing a bill that requires food and beverages containing high amounts of sugar to label their products as such. The bill would require these foods and beverages to include a label stating that “drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay”.  While this [...]

August 2014 ::California :: Labeling/Regulation/Retailer Licensing

The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association supports the following position regarding the development of wine tasting rooms, and related policies, throughout Monterey County. 1. Support development and ongoing improvements of tasting rooms. 2. Support municipalities in consistent implementation of related policies. 3. Advocate for compliance with laws (i.e. Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade [...]

April 2014 ::California :: Labeling & Advertising

A bill to require GMO labeling on food products, including alcoholic beverages, was heard on March 26 in Senate Health Committee.  A broad array of anti-GMO groups testified in support of Senator Noreen Evans’ bill.  Evans represents California’s North Coast wine country.  A coalition of agriculture, business and biotech groups vigorously opposed SB 1381.  Family [...]