Oregon Commission fines California vineyard for labeling
The Oregon Alcohol and Cannabis Commission has imposed one of the largest alcohol fines in the agency’s history on a California winery for labeling pinot noir wine made from grapes from the ‘Oregon.
The OLCC alleged that the Copper Cane Winery, located in Rutherford, California, imported wine into Oregon under the privileges of Copper Cane’s Certificate of Approval (CERA), but misrepresented the source of the grapes. The OLCC also alleged that wine labels and commercial display material mis-referenced specific American wine-growing areas (AVAs) in the state of Oregon and said the grapes came from the coast of L ‘Oregon or the coastal region.
Under Oregon labeling laws, wines must contain 95% grapes from a particular AVA and be finished in that region in order to include the region’s name on the label or marketing materials. Copper Cane’s Elouan wines are made from Oregon grapes, but they are produced in California. Copper Cane chose to settle the charges, but the winery did not admit the allegations or accept responsibility for mislabelling its products. The winery has agreed to pay the fine of $ 50,000 and comply with all wine labeling standards in the future.
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