Leaders of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, Oregon Winegrowers Association, New York Wine Grape Growers and California Farm Bureau signed a letter sent to the TTB Administrator John Manfreda urging the bureau to publish for public comment two long-standing petitions that address wine labeling issues.

The two petitions were filed by the groups representing wine growers to ask the TTB to change aspects of federal policy they argue adversely affect their economic interests. The first petition, filed November 25, 2008, asks that wines labeled with American appellations of origin be made of American wine. Current regulations allow wines with American appellations to contain up to 25% foreign wine. The second petition, dated May 27, 2009, proposed that wine products with added water, sugar, or artificial flavoring be labeled “imitation wine”. Currently these products are allowed to be labeled with the somewhat misleading statement, “Table Wine with Natural Flavors”. The groups argue that both current regulations lead to consumer confusion, and adversely affect the market for American wine.

The letter is available on the California Association of Wine Growers Website.

 


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