The TTB accepted a $15,000 Offer in Compromise from Ancient Peak, Inc., a winery in Santa Margarita, California, to resolve alleged violations that it sold wine in “interstate commerce” without first obtaining required certificates of label approval (“COLAs”). In addition, the labels allegedly contained false and untrue statements. The allegations are below and can also be seen, in full, on the TTB website. If you have questions about COLA requirements or permissible statements, visit the TTB’s COLA website or send me an email. To see other Offers in Compromise, click here.
Sales of “craft spirits” are up. In fact, sales of American “craft spirits” were up 50% last year, according to GuestMetrics. But what exactly is a “craft spirit”? I provide an analysis and offer explanations from various industry members in the February 2015 issue of Beverage Media.