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Schumer calls for changes in canned wine regulations

Senator Chuck Schumer with wine industry representatives and local officials
Kelly Walker
Finger Lakes Public Radio

Senator Schumer joined several Finger Lakes wine makers as well as local officials and industry representatives at Fox Run Vineyards in Yates County. To produce canned wine, Finger Lakes wineries have to deal with regulations from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Senator Schumer says the regulations are outdated and burdensome to the industry.

TTB regulations prevent winemakers from using the same standard twelve ounce cans as beer and soft drinks. This makes the cans hard to stock for retails. It’s also difficult for winemakers to find enough inventory from manufacturers.


Wine in can is popular with consumers in part for the sake of convenience. They can be taken to locations where glass is prohibited, for example.


Scott Osborn is the owner of Fox Run Vineyards. He says the popularity of wine in cans represents and opportunity for growth in the industry.


In addition to regulations on cans, Schumer is calling on the TTB to reduce costly wine labeling restrictions.


Kelly Walker started his public radio career at WBAA in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1985 and has spent some time in just about every role public broadcasting has to offer. He has spent substantive time in programming and development at KWMU in St. Louis, WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, and Troy Public Radio in Alabama before his arrival in Geneva, New York. In addition, his work has been heard on many other public radio stations as well as NPR. Kelly also produces The Sundilla Radio Hour, which airs Sundays at 1 p.m. on Finger Lakes Public Radio and is distributed to public radio stations all over the country through PRX.
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