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Why Isn’t More Wine Organic?

Clarifying the Confusion Behind Organic Wine Labels Is Focus of Press Conference and Seminar at Expo West

Media and organic industry representatives attending Natural Products Expo West are invited to attend a key press conference and seminar focusing on clarifying consumer and trade confusion over organic wine labeling regulations, on Saturday, March 12, 4:00 – 5:00 pm in Room 205A, Anaheim Convention Center.

Media members and organic industry members attending this year’s Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA, are invited to attend an important press conference and seminar focusing on clarifying the confusion behind organic wine labeling regulations.

The press conference and seminar on organic wine labeling will take place on Saturday, March 12, 4:00 – 5:00 pm in Room 205A at the Anaheim Convention Center. Natural Products Expo West, held March 10-13, is the world’s largest natural and organic products trade show, attracting more than 60,000 trade visitors annually.

The press conference and panel is being hosted by a group of artisan organic wine producers, including Paul Dolan Vineyards, Barra of Mendocino, Redwood Valley Cellars and Organic Vintners, and will feature wine columnist W. Blake Gray, publisher of The Gray Market Report.

Gray is a noted authority on organic wine labeling and the organic wine market. His article recently published in the Los Angeles Times brings a clear synthesis of the organic wine labeling issue to national attention. Chef Akasha Richmond, founder of Los Angeles’ renowned Restaurant Akasha, will also speak at the press conference and panel discussion, along with pioneer organic wine trader Paul Chartrand of Chartrand Imports; Barney Feinblum, Co-founder and Director of Alfalfa’s Market; and veteran organic legal expert Richard Siegel.

The event is open to all media members and organic trade members attending Natural Products Expo West.

Press Conference and Seminar Title:

Why Isn’t More Wine Organic? Clarifying Organic Wine Labels.

When and Where:

Saturday, March 12, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, Room 205A, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.

Description:

Why has growth in organic wine lagged significantly behind the overall organic market? How can we promote more organic vineyard acreage, when wine producers are not rewarded for their commitment to organic? This panel of experts will discuss the confusion around the labeling of organic wines, including no sulfite added NSA wines, as well as wines made from 100% certified organically grown grapes. The panel will discuss how a petition under review by the National Organic Standards Board can clear up consumer confusion around organic wine labels, reduce “greenwashing,” and help propel the growth of the market, while maintaining strict organic standards.

Speakers:

  • W. Blake Gray, Wine Journalist and Publisher, The Gray Market Report, San Francisco, CA

  • Akasha Richmond, Founder, Restaurant Akasha, Los Angeles, CA

  • Barney Feinblum, Co-founder and Director, Alfalfa’s Market, Boulder, CO

  • Richard Siegel, Director, Richard D. Siegel Law Offices, Washington, DC

  • Paul Chartrand, Founder and CEO, Chartrand Imports, Rockland, ME

  • Moderator: Steven Hoffman, President, Compass Natural, Boulder, CO

Paul Dolan Vineyards, Barra of Mendocino, Redwood Valley Cellars and Organic Vintners are producers and sellers of wines made from 100% certified organically grown grapes. As co-petitioners to amend organic wine labeling via a petition that has been approved for review by the National Organic Standards Board at its upcoming national meetings, the group of artisan organic wine producers hopes to clarify labeling confusion, maintain current strict organic standards, and help spur the growth of organic winegrape growing acreage. According to industry estimates, the organic wine market has lagged more than 10-fold behind growth of the overall organic market, and many believe it is due to complex and often confusing organic wine labeling regulations.