For the second year in a row, this season — the post-harvest and pre-holiday time — is being marked by devastating wildfires in both North and South California. While this year’s conflagrations have not directly affected wine country as last year’s did, the fires’ toll does not occur in isolation. Everyone is impacted when communities are reduced to ashes, when our friends and neighbors suffer. We at ShipCompliant by Sovos again extend our deepest sympathies to those who have been impacted so far, and fervently hope that the weather improves and those brave souls fighting the fires can turn the tide of ruin.
In this week’s Roundup, we look at a circular issued by the TTB cautioning the industry to review their Trade Practice compliance efforts in light of the agency’s continued enforcement actions, the Brewers Association mulls amending the definition of craft beer to incorporate more “non-traditional” styles, and has the Robert Parker rating system lost its sense of proportion or was 2016 just really great for wine?
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Regulatory News and Discussions
TTB Newsletter | Top stories includes two grape varieties that have been approved for use on American wine labels, information about service delays in our TTB call centers, an invitation to apply for the Assistant Director position in the Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division, and another permit suspension resulting from a trade practice investigation. TTB
TTB Circular: Industry Compliance With Trade Practice Laws and Regulations | Since the beginning of its increased enforcement efforts, TTB has found significant violations of Federal trade practice laws and regulations by some members of the alcohol beverage industry. TTB
Winery Websites and ADA Compliance | The recent news of lawsuits filed against New York wineries has caused industry members to ask if they face any litigation risk if their websites are not accessible to people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). JD Supra
Briefs Filed With 8th Circuit Urge Support of Missouri Tied House Law and Advertising Regulations | The State of Missouri has filed its brief and addendum appealing the district court decision to strike down on emIssouri tied house law and two alcohol advertising regulations. Alcohol Law Review
Wine, Consumers and the Court | There is no other category of consumer whose day to day commercial habits are more impacted by politics than wine consumers. Fermentation
Industry Updates: Market Conditions and Developments
Pabst Says MillerCoors Is Trying to Put it Out of Business | Pabst Brewing Company and MillerCoors are going to trial, with hipster favorite Pabst contending that MillerCoors wants to put it out of business by ending a longstanding partnership through which it brews Pabst’s beers. Washington Post
2018 Craft Beer Report: Craft Beer Market Experiencing Marginal Growth | IPAs make up nearly a quarter of the craft beer production industry, the largest shar for a single style by a fairly large margin. Beverage Industry
2019 DTC Wine Symposium Announces Workshop Sessions | Content to focus on case studies, practical recommendations. Wine Business
Jim Bernau Responds to Copper Cane’s Joe Wagner | The article regarding Oregon Vintners Pushing Back on Copper Cane’s Labels generated a lot of interest, as did last week’s Joe Wagner Responds: Copper Cane owner explains his side of the story, published by the Oregon Wine Press. Wine Business
Brewers Association Board Proposes New Craft Brewer Definition, Intends to Form Political Action Committee | The Brewers Association board of directors today informed members of proposed changes to its bylaws that would significantly alter the trade organization’s official craft brewer definition, and create a new voting member class. Brewbound
Why So Many 2016 Napa 100-Point Wines? | None of these were given lightly or without careful consideration of the hallowed position they hold among all the other great wines of the world that have received the pinnacle of wine criticism accolades throughout our 40-year history of Robert Parker Wine Advocate. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Old World Tradition and New World Innovation The Wines of Southern Oregon | From Peter Britt, who grew grapes in Jacksonville in 1855 to the establishment of the Rogue Valley Vintners in 2018, South Oregon’s wine industry has come a long way. JPR
How Millennials Made the Modern Somm | The role of sommelier has been redefined by a younger generation looking for adventure. wine-searcher.com