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Cherry Wine

This post will start short but is likely to grow long over time. Very long. We will try to show the enormous range of foodstuffs from which wine is produced. With each post we will add to the list, and I predict it will grow way past 50 60. Today we add Cherry wine to the list.

  1. Avocado wine
  2. Banana wine
  3. Blueberry wine
  4. Buffaloberry wine
  5. Cantaloupe wine
  6. Cherry wine. Made by Strawbale Winery of Renner, South Dakota.
  7. Dandelion wine
  8. Elder flower wine
  9. Fig wine
  10. Gooseberry wine
  11. Grape wine
  12. Jasmine fruit wine
  13. Kiwi wine
  14. Linden flower wine
  15. Lingonberry
  16. Lychee wine
  17. Mango wine
  18. Mangosteen wine
  19. Marionberry wine
  20. Onion wine
  21. Peach wine
  22. Pomegranate wine
  23. Pear wine
  24. Pepper wine
  25. Persimmon wine
  26. Pineapple wine
  27. Rhubarb wine
  28. Strawberry wine
  29. Tomato wine
  30. Watermelon wine

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Santa’s Elixir

Most people assume TTB would be okay with the second word but not the first. Actually, it’s the other way around. The federal government is okay with Santa, but is not fond of his elixir.

TTB asserts, from time to time as the issue arises, that the term “elixir” ought not to be allowed, because it would tend to suggest that the alcohol beverage has medicinal properties. That’s a big no no.

Good old Webster does not really disagree, and defines the term as:  “a substance held capable of prolonging life indefinitely.” Hence there are very few “elixir” approvals after about 1999.

We don’t normally show the whole paper COLA in the space above. But the paper COLAs are getting fewer and fewer, as the bulk of labels are submitted via COLAs Online. The above is starting to look like a fondly remembered antique. This 1999 approval, for Santa’s Elixir wine specialty, is one of the oldest readily available in TTB’s Public COLA Registry, because it starts showing images in about 1999. Adding to this approval’s old school quaintness, I believe I see indications of a typewriter, a Xerox machine, and perhaps there is some Wite-Out lurking in the shadows.

I am writing this about a week before Christmas, but now that we’ve established that Santa will be okay, let me take this opportunity to wish happy holidays to Margie, Corianna, Sydney, Inci, Marguerite, Monica, Gary, Dave, Brittany, Keenan, John, Jaycee, Alyson, Jon, Meralyn, Vince and all friends of the firm far and wide.

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Vegan Beer

Maybe John has been asleep at the switch, but this is one of the first vegan beers we have seen come down the pike. Rebecca’s Divine Wit is Vegan Beer Brewed with Oranges and Coriander.

Wikipedia (not Wikileaks) says veganism is:

a philosophy and lifestyle whose adherents seek to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose. Vegans endeavor to never consume or use any animal products of any type. The most common reasons for becoming, or remaining, vegan are moral conviction concerning animal rights or welfare, health, environmental concerns, and spiritual or religious concerns.

I suppose some beers have a bit of animal matter, in the form of isinglass or gelatin. This site explains and provides a helpful guidepost. So far as we know, TTB treats this term more like “biodynamic” or “premium” and less like “organic” or “Meritage.” Perhaps, when there are more vegan labels for alcohol beverages, the policy will get more clear. For a wine example, here is Flint Hills Red Wine (“for vegan enjoyment”).

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Frozen Lemonade

We thought this approval (for Smirnoff Frozen Vodka & Lemonade) was noteworthy because it points out several things.

First of all, it tends to show that it’s okay to add a little bit of extra verbiage, to the mandated statement of composition, on a distilled spirits specialty. The required statement is probably VODKA WITH NATURAL FLAVORS AND FD&C YELLOW #5. The one on this label adds a few extra words such as MADE WITH SMIRNOFF. It adds a few other descriptors nearby, at VODKA & LEMONADE.

Second, it tends to show it’s okay to put the color details on the back, if the general statement is on the front. CERTIFIED COLOR (general) is on the front and CONTAINS FD&C YELLOW #5 is on the back only.

Third, this shows it can take a lot of work and a mighty long time for a big company to bring a product to market. This approval is already about eight months old, and there is no sign of  this product on the web or at the indicated domain.

Fourth, it’s probably an unusual, pouch-type package and freeze technology, based on the approval, but we’ll need to wait a bit longer to see it.

Finally, as with many other Smirnoff-branded products, the references to VODKA are very large, even though it could be said that it’s not vodka.

These are fairly technical points, but many of these issues arise often.

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Blueberry Wine

This post will start short but is likely to grow long over time. Very long. We will try to show the enormous range of foodstuffs from which wine is produced. With each post we will add to the list, and I predict it will grow way past 50 60. Today we add Blueberry wine to the list.

  1. Avocado wine
  2. Banana wine
  3. Blueberry wine. Made by Coltsfoot Winery of Abingdon, Virginia.
  4. Buffaloberry wine
  5. Cantaloupe wine
  6. Dandelion wine
  7. Elder flower wine
  8. Fig wine
  9. Gooseberry wine
  10. Grape wine
  11. Jasmine fruit wine
  12. Kiwi wine
  13. Linden flower wine
  14. Lingonberry
  15. Lychee wine
  16. Mango wine
  17. Mangosteen wine
  18. Marionberry wine
  19. Onion wine
  20. Peach wine
  21. Pomegranate wine
  22. Pear wine
  23. Pepper wine
  24. Persimmon wine
  25. Pineapple wine
  26. Rhubarb wine
  27. Strawberry wine
  28. Tomato wine
  29. Watermelon wine

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