Thursday, August 27, 2009

WA State Label Approval Requirement Eliminated


At its meeting last Wednesday, August 19, the Washington State Liquor Control Board voted to stop requiring state label approvals. Family Wineries of Washington State has been advocating for this change ever since the Costco lawsuit ended price posting in Washington State. In testimony to last year’s Joint Select Committee, FWWS pointed out that, since the price posting system was being eliminated, and since product approval codes would therefore no longer be required, the State label approval process was now largely redundant. We were the only stakeholder to point this out. Subsequently, Board President Paul Beveridge raised this issue with WSLCB staff at a conference regarding Washington State Wine Law held at Cave B Winery. The FWWS Board is very pleased that the Liquor Board made this positive change on its own and that legislative action was not necessary. Now wineries will be able to market their wines in Washington immediately upon receiving federal label approval. Elimination of the state label approval requirement is a perfect example of what FWWS seeks to accomplish in the way of reducing the paperwork burdens on small family wineries.

We are making progress!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Puyallup Fair Informational Booth

We are seeking volunteers to staff a booth for the Family Wineries of Washington State in the Agricultural section of the ShowPlex building at the Puyallup Fair in September. This is an informational booth (no tasting or selling) to promote the members of Family Wineries of Washington State as well as the Washington wine industry as a whole.

September 19 to September 23
  • Building is open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM except on Saturday when it is open from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Shifts are four hours each
  • Two people per shift (bring a family member, friend, or relative to work with you)
  • A free entrance ticket is provided for each person working a shift
For more information and to sign up for a shift please contact FWWS