Weekly Digest | TTB’s Extension, Down to Earth Month, UT & KS Eliminate 3.2% Law, MN Grape Source Requirements, New OR Legislation

March 24, 2019

In this week’s digest, we highlight TTB’s extended comment period for proposed rulemaking and celebrate Wine Institute’s Down to Earth Month. Kansas and Utah lift the 3.2% restriction in convenience stores, and both Minnesota and Oregon are ironing out legislation for grape growing and labeling restrictions.

TTB Extends the Comment Period for the Alcohol Beverage Labeling and Advertising Regulations Modernization Proposed Rule

After requests from several alcohol beverage industry associations, TTB is making some changes to the comment period for proposed rulemaking. They added an additional 90 days to modernize the labeling and advertising regulations for wine, distilled spirits, and malt beverages.

California Wines “Down To Earth Month” Kicks Off in April with Eco-Friendly Events Across the State

Wine Institute kicks off the 8th annual Califonia Wines Down to Earth Month in April with a variety of sustainability-focused events across the state. Join nearly 1,000 California wineries as they celebrate the industry’s dedication to protecting the environment, being a good neighbor, and support the production of high-quality wine and sustainable farming practices.

Kansas, Utah to Lift 3.2% Alcohol Law – Convenience Store Decisions

With both Kansas and Utah lifting the 3.2% alcohol content restrictions, Minnesota is the last state standing that doesn’t allow higher content alcohol in convenience stores.

Minnesota Winemakers Question the Constitutionality of Grape Source Requirements

Wineries are challenging a Minnesota law that limits wine production by Minnesota-licensed wineries to predominantly Minnesota-grown grapes. They argue that the state’s law discriminates against out-of-state grape growers and is not always economical or commercially viable.

Oregon winemakers push bills to clamp down on out-of-state competition

After some friction last year between Oregon and California wineries, proposals in the Oregon Legislature have been cracking down on out-of-state competition. Some want the requirements raised on if a wine can claim to be from an Oregon wine region. Others feel the standards are already high and increasing them could homogenize the market.

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