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The News Post

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A new tax bill in congress? New discounts on services you use every day? These subjects and more are covered in WineAmerica’s News Post, your access to news that matters to you. Updated regularly, check back often to find out what is happening at WineAmerica and across the country.

Meyers & Associates, LLC to Represent WineAmerica

Thu. Nov 20, 2014
After an extensive search, the WineAmerica Board of Directors chose Meyers and Associates for their strong agriculture policy and regulatory expertise. Meyers & Associates, LLC is a Washington-based government relations/business consulting firm that assists individuals, companies, trade associations, universities and [...]

TTB Expands Allowable Revisions to Alcohol Beverage Labels

Mon. Sep 29, 2014
TTB has added six new allowable revisions (to the existing 28) to alcohol beverage labels. To streamline the COLA approval process, TTB allows for certain changes to be made to labels without subject to a new COLA approval. Of particular [...]

Beverage Industry Coalition Representing all Three-Tiers Says Congress Should Fully Fund TTB

Mon. Sep 15, 2014
Industry Groups Note Constructive and Effective Relationship with Regulator, Say Government Needs to Increase TTB Budget to Keep Pace with Changing Market (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – A diverse coalition of organizations representing all three tiers of the U.S. beverage alcohol industry [...]

World Wine Trade Group Agrees to New International Wine Regulation Principles

Thu. Sep 4, 2014
The World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) has formally agreed to new international principles for its member nations to use when establishing wine regulations. The World Wine Trade Group is comprised of representatives from nations with an interest in international wine [...]

Register for the Fall 2014 Board of Directors and Membership Meeting

Tue. Sep 2, 2014
The Marcus Whitman Hotel Walla Walla, Washington October 26-29, 2014 WineAmerica’s Fall Membership Meeting is an important opportunity for members to voice their vision of wine policy for the coming year.  We encourage all attendees to arrive on Sunday, October [...]

Massachusetts to Allow Direct Wine Shipments

Mon. Jul 14, 2014
Massachusetts has become the 41st state to allow for direct wine shipments from in-state and out of state wineries.  The 2014 budget bill, which approves the appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015, was signed into law by the governor.  The direct [...]

WineAmerica Board Meeting Brings New Leadership and New Direction

Thu. May 22, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michael Kaiser Director of Public Affairs 202-223-5172 mkaiser@wineamerica.org May 22, 2014 WineAmerica Board Meeting Brings New Leadership and New Direction Washington, DC – WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, took part in the annual National [...]

WineAmerica has moved

Fri. May 9, 2014
WineAmerica Has Moved Our new address is: 818 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Suite. 1006, Washington, DC 20006 Please make any changes in your address book and/or account records. And if you’re in the neighborhood, stop on by! Best, WineAmerica Staff

A Message from the Chairman of the WineAmerica Board

Fri. May 2, 2014
WineAmerica Chairman Eddie O’Keefe has accepted the resignation of Executive Director Mark Chandler, effective May 15.  Mr. Chandler had a one year contract with WineAmerica which expired in February, but stayed on a few extra months to conclude some important business [...]

$66 Million In Specialty Crop Block Grants Available

Wed. Apr 23, 2014
via growingproduce.com. USDA has announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase [...]

USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Disaster Assistance Programs

Mon. Apr 14, 2014
Wineries that have faced issues from drought or extreme cold can now sign up for federal farmer and rancher disaster assistance programs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, [...]

TTB Issues Ruling Clarifying Bottling Taxpaid Wine in Growlers

Fri. Mar 14, 2014
This week, the TTB issued a ruling clarifying the bottling of taxpaid wine in growlers.  This has become a common practice by some retailers (such as Whole Foods) in certain states.  The TTB has not been clear leading up to [...]

The 2014 National Wine and Grape Policy Conference

Thu. Mar 6, 2014
Success through Leadership, Advocacy and Networking in our Nation’s Capital Sunday, May 18 – Wednesday, May 21, 2014 Holiday Inn Capitol  550 C Street S.W. Washington, DC 20024 (202) 479-4000 The 2014 National Wine and Grape Policy Conference in Washington, [...]

TTB Announces New Interim Guidelines for the use of "Gluten Free" on Alcohol Beverage Labels

Fri. Feb 14, 2014
The TTB has completed their review of how the FDA’s final rule on the use of the term “gluten-free” in the labeling of products under FDA’s labeling jurisdiction impacts the TTB’s interim policy on gluten content statements in the labeling [...]

President Obama to Sign Farm Bill at Michigan State University

Fri. Feb 7, 2014
On Friday, February 7, President Obama will sign the Farm Bill that was passed by the Senate earlier this week.  This marks the end of the two year process of reauthorizing the law.  The signing ceremony will be held at [...]

WineAmerica Celebrates Passage of 2014 Farm Bill

Tue. Feb 4, 2014
For Immediate Release                                                                                Contact: Mark Chandler                                                                 Executive Director 202.223.5170 mchandler@wineamerica.org February 4, 2014       WineAmerica Celebrates Passage of 2014 Farm Bill Washington, DC – WineAmerica wishes to congratulate the Senate for passing the 2014 Farm Bill on a [...]

WineAmerica Applauds House Passage of the Farm Bill

Wed. Jan 29, 2014
WineAmerica applauds the quick passage of the Farm Bill by the House of Representatives this morning.  The Bill, which passed by a vote of 251-166, will fully fund many of our priorities, such as Specialty Crop Research and the Clean [...]

Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance Supports Agricultural Act of 2014

Wed. Jan 29, 2014
The following is a press release from the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, of which WineAmerica is a member. WASHINGTON, D.C – In a letter to Capitol Hill, The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (the Alliance) encouraged the House of [...]

Farm Bill/Budget Update

Mon. Dec 9, 2013
House/Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee leaders* are very close to reaching agreement on a framework for the 2013 Farm Bill.If an agreement is reached, they will circulate the legislative language for approval among the other conferees.  This will take several [...]

Whither Washington, DC?

Mon. Nov 18, 2013
Mark Chandler, Executive Director After a brutalizing year of abundant theatre but little action, Congress has only a few weeks left to pass major pieces of legislation affecting agriculture – the budget, the Farm Bill and immigration reform. Or not. [...]

WineAmerica Expands its National Network

Wed. Nov 13, 2013
For Immediate Release                                                                                 Contact: Mark Chandler                                                                 Executive [...]

What’s Going on in Washington, DC

Wed. Oct 30, 2013
Log in as a member to read the National Wine Policy Bulletin. It has been nearly two weeks since the federal government shutdown and things are back in working order again, at least for the time being.  The TTB is [...]

The Government Shutdown is Over

Thu. Oct 17, 2013
The Federal Government is now open for business. The TTB should be accepting new COLA applications today.  If you need to submit a COLA, we suggest waiting a few days as the system could be overloaded today. Wine related issues [...]

Wine Policy Day: Another Casualty of the Government Shutdown

Tue. Oct 15, 2013
By Michael Kaiser, Director of Communications One of the new policy initiatives at WineAmerica is Wine Policy Day.  Wine Policy Day is a coordinated effort with the State Associations Council to bring Members of Congress and other elected officials to [...]

Tips to Avoid Expensive Health Insurance Mistakes

Fri. Oct 11, 2013
Tips to Avoid Expensive Health Insurance Mistakes On Oct.1,  America’s health care system underwent the biggest change since Medicare’s arrival 50 years ago, when certain provisions of the ACA kicked in. Even though millions of people who have been without [...]

What the Federal Government Shutdown Means for Wineries

Tue. Oct 1, 2013
Due to the continuing debate over the Affordable Healthcare Act, the Federal Government shut down at 12am last night. What does this mean for wineries? Services deemed non-essential have been suspended. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has [...]