I very much enjoyed the recent thread on “Natural Wines” and thought it was a very thought-provoking, civil discussion. It led to several of us having some emails offline about wine labeling and what should be required on a wine label. I am hoping to break off this discussion here in this thread.
One of the points I have made in the emails has been that many people like to mention that wine should have the same labeling requirements as food (that was actually mentioned in the “Natural Wine” thread). And yet, when pressed, oftentimes what they are interested in hearing about is the process involved in the making of the wine. Foods don’t require a listing of processes, rather they require a listing of ingredients. So something, such as filtering a wine, which removes substances wouldn’t be required to be listed under the FDA ingredient labeling requirements.
So, I guess what I would like to know is what do you think about labeling on wines? But I don’t just want to know what you would like done in a perfect, no responsibilities, world. Take it a step further. What do you favor as far as wine labeling requirements? Would they be state or federal requirements? Would they differ from food requirements? Who would you have enforce it? —If you can take it a step or two or three further.
Thanks for the feedback. I won’t be shy…will definitely post some thoughts…and probably be a PITA about the whole thing.