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Concern Over Accurate Labeling Grows ... Comentario de / Comment of Wines Inform Assessors

Concern Over Accurate Labeling Grows
US trade agencies and marketers says consumer education depends on more precise labels.
© Haskell's | The cachet of Champagne is, for many American producers, too hard to resist.
  By Liza B. Zimmerman | Posted Monday, 07-May-2018

Despite decades in which California wine producers have sadly, yet legally – and profitably – labeled their products as "Champagne", and "Port", advocates of what a geographical place really conveys are finally fighting to get what they believe is essential information conveyed to consumers at large.
According to a March study released by the Washington DC-based Wine Origins Alliance (WOA) – which strives to protect geographical places for wine regions all over the world – 94 percent of American wine drinkers support laws that would protect consumers from misleading wine labels.

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The study, conducted in February of this year by the Washington DC-based GBA strategies – which focuses on research and consulting – also notes that "70 percent of American wine drinkers believe that allowing American producers to misuse foreign wine region names on their labels is deceptive to the American consumer".
Results of the GBA poll were released in March of this year, according to Jennifer Hall, the Washington DC-based director of the WOA. She adds the sample size of the poll was 800 people.
Chief members of the WOA include regions such as Chianti, Rioja, Bordeaux, Sherry and Walla Walla in Washington. The group has been in existence since 2005.
Given the fact that some American wine growing regions' are not geographically protected in terms of labeling, Linda Reiff – president of the St. Helena-based Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) organization, which has close to 500 members – said in a press release that the situation makes it "hard for Napa and US regions to protect their names around the world when their very own government doesn't extend that same protection to others".
Old Californian companies like Italian Swiss Colony had turned labeling into something of an art-form.
© Calisphere | Old Californian companies like Italian Swiss Colony had turned labeling into something of an art-form. The details
Savvy producers in the US have long been concerned about how American wines – and fortified wines and spirits – are marketed. The more progressive of them have long stopped using European-specific regional appellations such as "Port" and "Champagne" which continue to create confusion among consumers worldwide. However many deep-pocketed, corporate entities – we won't name names – have stuck to a marketing formula that is profitable and works.
Perhaps this research from the WOA will shake the legal and marketing situation up a bit. Rex Stults, government relations director at the NVV, says that when "a wine label is misleading, implying it is made from a specific place when it is not, it confuses the consumers and it hurts the producers who have built their reputation on the unique character of that particular place".
"Unfortunately other great regions of the world, like Champagne, Port, Sherry (Jerez) and Burgundy have not been extended the same protections [as] in the US. This practice is deceptive for wine consumers and unfair to producers".
He adds that the Napa Valley region supports more than 20 leading international wine regions in "our belief that place of origin is important to wine". He adds that these initiatives are working to protect consumers, producers and the wine business from "deceptive labeling practices".
Beverage attorney Robert Tobiassen – who worked as chief consul for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau which is part of the US Department of the Treasury (TTB) in Washington DC for many years – and is now a Virginia-based consultant has been at the forefront in supporting this new legislation.
"When Spain joined the European Union in 1986, it had to give up using the name Champagne and created the name 'Cava'. There is a strong cultural binding to these names. At the same time, these names are valuable assets in both the local and global markets for wine."
He adds that the new definitions of terroir and tradition are "relatively recent in the history of wine commerce". After the repeal of Prohibition in the US in 1933, "the Federal wine label regulations recognized the use of varietal designations".
It wasn't, he notes, until the late 1940s in the US that varietal and regional designates became of use and interest in the States for domestic wineries. When they did many wineries were on a roll – we won't name specific names but "Hearty Burgundy", was one of the biggest jug wine sellers in the US for decades – and all producers who have seen major commercial success on the market want to stop with their current labeling policies.
Tobiassen continues that, "Fast forward to today, even Old World wines are bearing labels that include the varietal names and the geographical indications. This is where commerce comes into play because they are trying to market to contemporary consumers who want this information. Not everyone recalls that a Beaujolais wine is produced from a Gamay [grape] varietal".
While good intentions abound in the wine industry, hopefully the current spate of more educated consumers will continue to make clear what they desire to see on labels.

Comentario de / Comment of Wines Inform Assessors:
España y sobretodo Cataluña donde está instalada la mayoría de producción de cava decidio el 1972 dejar de llamar "xampany" - en catalán- o "champaña" -en castellano- a los espumosos que producía. Esto fue debido a al conflicto con Francia por la utilización del nombre Champagne o similares
Esta decisión fue acertada pues va a favor del consumidor y además diferencia dos productos diversos (principalmente por las variedades usadas: Xarel·lo, Macabeu y Parellada). Posteriormente la venta a bajos precios basada en precios de uva muy bajos ha creado el caos actual en el sector del cava
Muchos productores ya producen vinos espumosos en toda España y a veces basados en variedades de uva específicas de su zona como La Hondarribi Zuri del País Vasco o el Albariño de Galicia
Las cosas se estan moviendo

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Spain and especially Catalonia, where the majority of cava production is installed, decided in 1972 to stop calling "xampany" - in Catalan- or "champagne" - in Spanish - the sparkling wines it produced. This was due to the conflict with France over the use of the name Champagne or similar
This decision was right because it goes in favor of the consumer and also differentiates two different products (mainly by the varieties used: Xarel·lo, Macabeu and Parellada). Subsequently, the sale at low prices based on very low grape prices has created the current chaos in the cava sector
Many producers already produce sparkling wines throughout Spain and sometimes based on grape varieties specific to their area, such as La Hondarribi Zuri in the Basque Country or Albariño in Galicia
Things are moving

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  • Comments

  •  Liam Young wrote:
    10-May-2018 at 15:23:55 (GMT)
    Using copyright and trademark illegally should invite challenges from those who are working to protect it.
    That said, labeling should respect regions, trademarks and more in order to avoid legal complications.
    In addition to proper regional details, I would like to see labeling advance to the level of full details similar to nutritional labels, including amount of sugar or other additives, grape percentages and location of source for grape products. Similarly, these rules should apply for spirits, beer and cider producers, many of whom still use imported products but call themselves 'local'.
    The point? Transparency, both in terms of inputs and quality, but also with respect to calorie information. Many people don't realize that their favourite cheap wine actually comes from China or Chile and also don't understand that the additives and commercial process is what's killing decent wine around the world. Many 'hard' products (eg. hard root beer) hit the market with hundreds of grams of sugar per container, resulting in potential diabetic shock from anyone not on the alert.
  • Marcheur de Planete wrote:

  • 09-May-2018 at 23:01:33 (GMT)
    The word "Champagne ", here the etymological history in France, so in French :
    VI Century : from latin word "campania" for a meaning of "country side (campagne)
    XI Century : Judeo-French : canpayne
    1100-1130 : champaine ᅡᆱ grande ←tendue de pays plat ᅡᄏ meaning "large flat country side"
    1130-1140 : champaigne
    1866 : "champagne" is used for the wine, and also for the eaux-de-vie de Cognac.

    Concerning the word "vintage" is an English alteration of the word "vendange". By the time, that word mean something more, like "vintage guitar", "vintage coat", etc...

    At the end of the day, English is still 60% French (or from French language). So let's continue to use French words. More precise, less confusion.
  • Patrick Frank wrote:
    09-May-2018 at 16:11:46 (GMT)
    Words change their meanings over time. The word "vintage" was once a noun that meant "grape harvest." Now it's an adjective that describes anything that's pleasantly old. The word Champagne is just too convenient to describe sparkling wine. And about the word Champagne: It derives from the Latin "Campagna" which was/is a district in Italy. So l think we need to get over ourselves about this.
  • Winesmith wrote:
    09-May-2018 at 16:07:06 (GMT)
    Interestingly enough, the names, Port, Sherry, Hock, Rhenish, and Claret are of English origination. Oporto, Jerez,and any other place name should, of course, belong to their respective heritage sites. Perhaps Portugal and Spain should seek permission to continue to use the English terms?
  • Marcheur de Planᅢᄄte wrote:
    08-May-2018 at 21:47:49 (GMT)
    Education should start with the TTB

    The TTB refuse to accept the word "vintage" and "champagne" for cognac.
    In Cognac appellation there is Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne appellation. But since 2018, it's forbidden on the label.
    Like the word "vintage", because it's create a confusion for the consumers, following the TTB answer.
    Which is crazy, because Cognac produce vintage cognacs.

    So, talk about education, start with TTB.

    And then, the old world did work and study for centuries their own lands. And now, some deep rich doctors, who bought a domain somewhere in CA, want to use our history, legacy, just because !!!!!!
    Sorry guys, but : Champagne, Burgundy, Bourgogne, Bordeaux, Chateaux,etc... are our heritage, legacy, history.
    Not yours. You can't buy them.

    So yes educate the consumers, the bar tender, waiters, waitresses who will pour some sparkling wines from somewhere and call it "champagne". That's drive me crazy.
  • Hal Beck, Sonoma CA wrote:
    08-May-2018 at 00:47:12 (GMT)
    It's not decades, it's over a century and a half that "champagne" has been used by domestic producers. Arpad Champagne, from Buena Vista in Sonoma, was successfully entered in a French event in the 1800's. When France extradites Polanski, we might have this discussion
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