Protecting Your Business in an Evolving Wine Shipping Market

By Cary M. Greene Back in 2009, we wrote about several investigations by state alcohol beverage regulators questioning the use of third parties in facilitating direct to consumer shipping—marketing portals, online retailers, pick and pack warehouses, and similar businesses. While the situation has improved substantially in a number of ways since then—there are now a … Read more

A Talk with WineAmerica’s Cary Greene

WineAmerica’s Cary Greene gave an interview with Wine and Spirits Daily. It was published today. WineAmerica is a grassroots organization that represents large and small wineries in approximately 48 states. It started in 1978 as an eastern regional wineries association, and ultimately transitioned to a national organization in the mid-1990s. They represent both their paying … Read more

TTB Makes Change to Approval of Personalized Labels

by Michael Kaiser The following story was posted by the Associated Press today: Schumer: Feds move to speed wine bottle labeling Associated Press ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal government is taking an important step to simplify the process of approving labels for New York wines. Schumer has been pressing the Alcohol … Read more

New Biennial Registration Requirement with the Food & Drug Administration

By Cary Greene A member winery recently asked about changes in Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) registration requirements. It’s an important question, and it seemed like a good opportunity to remind all wineries about the new requirements. Since the Bioterrorism Act of 2002 was passed, the FDA has required wineries to complete a one-time registration … Read more

The 2011 Wine Bloggers Conference

By Michael Kaiser This past weekend, the fourth annual Wine Bloggers Conference was held at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a great opportunity for wine bloggers and others in the industry to really be introduced to the wonderful world of Virginia wine. Virginia wineries really delivered and they illustrated why the state … Read more