Weekly Roundup | Wine Institute Responds to Illinois Lawsuits, Insight for TTB Name Acceptance, and Results from Marijuana Poll

Sovos | August 3, 2015

It’s hard to believe it’s already August! To help you start the month on the right foot, I’ve compiled all the latest industry news for your reading. This week’s roundup features Wine Institute’s legal response to the Illinois lawsuits, insight for getting your fanciful name accepted by the TTB, and the Gallup Poll results on marijuana trial and usage. I hope you find it interesting!


Litigation: Wine Institute and Member Wineries File Suit to Stop Illinois False Claims Act Lawsuits | Stephen B. Diamond, a private attorney, has filed over 179 cases against wineries, to which Wine Institute is responding. Wine Business

Maker’s Mark Wins Second ‘Handmade’ Lawsuit | Judge ruled that no ‘reasonable consumer’ could be misguided by the labeling and marketing. The Spirits Business

BA Sustainability Subcommittee Sets Purpose, Defines Aims, and Identifies Priorities | Guidelines were created which will now guide group’s goals and future projects. Brewers Association


On Fanciful Wine Names and Why the TTB Rejects Some | Read this Q&A for some insight into why your labels aren’t being accepted by the TTB. PennLive Blog

Red Stripe: Another One Bites | Another company accused of misrepresenting their brand. Lehrman Beverage Law Blog

Just 11 Companies Brew 90 Percent of Beers Sold in the US | There’s an ever-increasing amount of breweries in the US, but few of these are independent. Fox News

Questions About FDA Inspections of U.S. Wineries, Distilled Spirits Plants, and Breweries | Protect your brand by understanding the FDA inspection protocol. TTB


GABF Tickets Sell Out in 1 Hour, 17 Minutes | 60,000 attendees are expected to attend the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO for the September 24-26 event. 9News

Top 5 Challenges of Wine Delivery | The DtC Industry is strengthening, but these seemingly small issues can still completely derail your business strategy. ShipCompliant

Alcohol and Marijuana: Latest Gallup Polls | This poll has been running since 1969, but this year it adds a poll on marijuana trial and usage. Booze Business


How to Be a Hospitalian | Bobby Stuckey, Master Sommelier and owner of Frasca Food and Wine, shares hospitality practices to help industry business leaders. ShipCompliant

Sci-Fi Cocktail Book Seeks Funding on Kickstarter | Killer Cocktails from Outerspace offers over 100 different cocktails inspired by science fiction favorites. May the gin be with you. The Spirts Business