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Texas Wine Quality Alliance is Up and Running!

I’m pleased to accounce that the new Texas Wine Quality Alliance (at www.texaswinequalityalliance.org) is up and running.

This group is organized to “Advance the Excellence of Texas Wines” through quantitative and organoleptic testing as well as education and marketing. The goal is to develop consumer confidence in the quality of Texas Wines and increase sales of those wineries who participate in the program. It will involve the evaluation of Texas wines to meet certain standards of quality. For these wines, the label must accurately reflect where the wine was produced and the origin of fruit.

More specifically,  for wines to be considered for evaluation by the Texas Wine Quality Alliance they must be produced by a member winery or have been purchased from another Texas source. The AVA designation on the label of the wine must accurately represent that 85% or more of the fruit in the wine is from a vineyard in the designated AVA in Texas in accordance with TTB guidelines. Only approved Texas AVA designations are acceptable for wines to be evaluated. A Texas only AVA designation on the label must represent that 75% of more of the fruit in the wine to be of Texas Origin.

For more information on the charter of this new organization, go to:

http://www.texaswinequalityalliance.org/assets/TWQA_Bylaws.pdf

If you are interested to know more or to participate, go to the website and click on “About the Alliance” . You will find an invitation to the next meeting and grower/winery applications. Hope you all can make this next meeting as they will be electing an interim Board of Directors and appointing some of the committee chairs.

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