In the last Roundup, we predicted that the cold winter weather was finally on its way out — and then large parts of the country were hit by intense snow storms! We’ll chalk that up to a coincidence this time, and continue to extend our hopes for a warm, pleasant and imminent spring. Though as part of this week’s Roundup we have an article about how much benefit the wine industry does receive from these extended snow storms — so we can at least be happy for the moisture.
For this week’s Roundup, we also look at new rules for nutritional and informational labeling that are being considered by the TTB, what the wine industry can and should do to expand its marketing to Gen Xers (and everyone else, by the way), and whether the concept of terroir should be applied to whiskey like it is for wine.
In case you haven’t heard, the 2019 DtC Report has been published. Download your copy today here.
Thanks for reading the Roundup this week. As ever, be sure to check out the rest of the ShipCompliant blog for regular updates, and we’ll see you again in another couple weeks.
Regulatory News and Discussions
TTB Newsletter | This week’s top news includes an award presented to two of our managers in ALFD, a TTB Tip about how to use the information found on our application processing times pages, Permits Online will be down for system upgrade this weekend. TTB
TTB Slated Over Wine Labeling | Consumer advocates demand both calorie and nutritional information should be on wine labels. Wine-searcher.com
TTB Consignment Sales Investigations | What is behind the curtain of the TTB Press Releases? Booze Rules
North Carolina Brewers, Wholesalers Reach Franchise Law Reform Compromise | North Carolina craft brewers and wholesalers have reached a compromise in a contentious years-long dispute over the state’s self-distribution and franchise laws. Brewbound
Minnesota Winemakers Fight to Change Grape Laws | Two Minnesota wineries are continuing a push to change the law regarding how wine is made in the state. Fox 9
Al Gore Tells Wine Industry To Act on “Global Emergency” of Climate Change | Hundreds of wine industry representatives attended a climate change leadership conference in the city of Porto. Decanter
Industry Updates: Market Conditions and Developments
The Wine Industry Can and Should Be Doing More to Market to Gen X — And Everyone As a category of consumer packaged goods, wine is subject to how it is packaged and marketed and then to the whims of the buying public. Forbes
US Wine Exports Decline Over the Last 12 Months | U.S. wine exports have declined over the last year through December by 12 percent in volume and 5 percent in value, according to a recent report by bw166, a wine industry consulting group. Press Democrat
What We Ignore When We Toast the “Top Five” Women in Whiskey | By highlighting the success of women in whiskey, tech, politics or other male-dominated industries, Greene says, these breathless headlines risk devaluing individual achievements. VinePair
The Effects of Mandatory Wine Label Nutritional and Ingredient Information on Purchase Behavior | In recent years, there has been a lot of pressure on governments around the world to expand label requirements to alcoholic beverages, including wine. The Academic Wino
It’s Snowing in California Vineyards, and Winemakers Are Loving It | Snow is great for grapevines — as long as it doesn’t last into the spring. SF Chronicle
Second Impressions Count | How wine delivery experiences shape customer preferences. ShipCompliant by Sovos
The Biggest Scam in Wine History | Thanks to its iconic logo that makes it immediately recognizable, the Armand de Brignac Champagne is known worldwide also under the name Ace of Spades. Forbes
A Counterfeit Expert’s Solution for Eliminating Fake Wines | How Maureen Downey is using blockchain technology to prevent fraud in the wine industry. SevenFifty Daily
Is There Terroir in Whisky? | The flavor of place, or terroir, comes up frequently in discussions of wine. But how to talk sensibly about terroir in whisky? Herald & Review
How Producers Dial in the Right Shade of Pink for Rosé | The timing of the harvest and winemaking adjustments are among the factors producers consider to achieve desired color intensity. SevenFifty Daily