Wineries and Vineyards Need Not be Frightened by Bioterrorism Act Rules and Requirements

Is your winery or tasting room registered under the Bioterrorism Act?  If so, did you know that this year you are required to renew your registration?  If not, are you sure you’re not required to register?  Despite its sinister-sounding name, the Bioterrorism Act is nothing to fear.  Let’s review some of the basics: 1.         What […]

Insight into TTB’s Approach to AVAs: The Inwood Valley AVA

Since the establishment of the Augusta AVA in 1980, ATF, and now TTB, has varied its approach to executing its legislatively delegated task of establishing American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).  In early 2011, TTB amended the AVA rules entirely.  With the recognition of the Inwood Valley AVA, effective as of October 15, 2012, we gain insight […]

Gov. Brown Makes Wine Sweepstakes and Contests Legal in California

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 778 into law creating two new Business and Professions (B&P) Code Sections (25600.1 and 25600.2) authorizing consumer contests and sweepstakes conducted by authorized California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) licensees. These statutes become effective January 1, 2013.  SB 778 contains significant restrictions, examples of which are described below. […]