Loosening AVA Regulations: Who benefits if wines can be ‘finished’ in adjacent states?
Washington, D.C.—An unusual proposal from the Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) would allow wines to be labeled with the grapes’ AVA of origin, if “fully finished” in an adjacent state. TTB notice 147 was, the bureau stated, “in response to comments TTB received during the comment period for notice No. 142, Proposed Establishment of The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater District Viticultural Area, which is located near the Oregon-Washington state line in northeastern Oregon.” The proposal has engendered some confusion among wine industry organizations nationwide, although none has yet contributed to the dialogue on the bureau’s website. Michael Kaiser, director of public affairs at WineAmerica, sent his summary of the proposal to Wines & Vines.
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