DISCLOSURE OF COLOR OF TABLE WINES ON APPLICATIONS
FOR CERTIFICATES OF LABEL APPROVAL
Proprietors of Bonded Wine Cellars,
Tax Paid Wine Bottling Houses,
Importers of Wines and Wholesalers
Engaged in Relabeling Wines.
The purpose of this circular is to enlist your
cooperation in furnishing information for the classification of table wines incidental to the processing
of certificates of label approval.
BACKGROUND Refer to Industry Circular No. 68-17,
issued May 27, 1968.
COLOR OF WINE
As you are aware, the wine labeling regulations
27 CFR, Part 4, do not require the disclosure of the
color of a wine on labels for table wine as long as
such wine is otherwise properly designated. The numeric code, devised by industry for the description of
all wine; classifies table wines as "Table Red and
Rose" and "Table White". One cannot always determine,
from an examination of the labels, whether a table wine
is white, red or rose. If this office is to properly
classify wines for purposes of numeric coding, we must
ask you to help us by describing the color of the table
wine in item 1(b) of Form 1649 (Rev.6-68) if the color
is not described on the label. This form will be amended
to specifically require this information when it is next
Pending the next revision of Form 1649, in those cases
where the color of a table wine is not indicated on the
label, it is requested that you indicate in item 1(b)
on application Form 1649, the color of the table wine on
which the labels will be used.
Harold A. Serr
Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division