Gallo’s Proposed Boundaries For Expanded Russian River Valley AVA Violate Federal Regulations

December 18, 2008

E&J Gallo’s proposed boundaries for an expanded Russian River Valley AVA violate federal regulations, according to a Wine Industry Insight investigation based on TTB documents, on-site topological examinations, Google Street Views, U.S. Geological Survey maps and numerous other documents and sources. Regulations issued by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) require petitioners
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6 thoughts on “Gallo’s Proposed Boundaries For Expanded Russian River Valley AVA Violate Federal Regulations

  1. rodwillis says:

    Great blog! Please consider adding an RSS feed to the site.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks … I’ll add the feed today.

  3. ANON says:

    6 of the last 7 posts on Gallo’s AVA expansion. One wonder’s if your blog was created to bash Gallo…?

    Phil
    (I do not work, nor have I ever, for Gallo)

  4. admin says:

    Phil, it happens to be a fairly big story with a LOT of detail and much to comprehend and explain.

    I suppose you might have leveled the same charge re: Copia when I began this. But, nope. WII was not created to bash anyone. Facts are facts and should stand on their own.

    If I have gotten something wrong, then I would be happy to correct that.

  5. admin says:

    Phil, you ought to read the posts better. Three of the posts that you think are slamming Gallo are actually talking about how the TTB’s process itself is flawed.

    That is not Gallo’s fault.

  6. Robert says:

    I, on the other hand, am reading all this wondering what is wrong with a little Gallo bashing. The Walmart of winemaking can take a little heat from it’s neighbors and peers. The purpose of AVA’s, in the first place, are not to make homoginized bulk wine and destroy the reputation of a region and it’s other growers by selling the Wine off with a generic discount. We need to be making our AVA’s small not larger

    Being an East Coaster I am not afraid to say the truth about the big 3 of winemaking. Only in California do people have any respect for Gallo, Mondavi and the Jackson Family Estates. They are the vampires of the Wine Industry and are hated by the wine world east of the rocky mountains.

    Producers over a certain size should not be allowed to use AVA’s on their labels. Now there’s a great new TTB law

    Robert
    Downtown Sonoma

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