TTB Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Art Resnick (202) 927-8062

May 14, 2003

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PWG Vintners Reaches Settlement Over Violations

San Francisco - The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced its acceptance of a $100,000 Offer-in-Compromise to resolve alleged violations of the Federal Alcohol Administration Act. The Offer-in-Compromise stemmed from PWG's dissemination of advertising material containing misleading curative or therapeutic claims.

The advertising material consisted of approximately 46,360 heart-shaped neck hangers designed for hanging on the neck of a wine bottle. The neck hanger contained statements regarding the curative or therapeutic effects of wine consumption that tended to create a misleading impression.

Upon discovery of the violations, PWG took action to recall the objectionable advertisements and has voluntarily implemented controls to assure future compliance.

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