|November 26, 2018
For Immediate Release
|Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
TTB Press Release
TTB Investigation Results in Permit Suspension for B Wise Vineyards, LLC
Washington, D.C. — On November 23, 2018, B Wise Vineyards, LLC, a winery in Napa, California, served a one day suspension of its basic permit. This is the fifth stipulated suspension of a Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA) basic permit to develop out of the joint operation that TTB conducted with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in March 2018.
Specifically, B Wise Vineyards, LLC engaged in consignment sales of wine to multiple trade buyers who were not obligated to pay for the wine until after it had been sold to retailers. Consignment sales arrangements, like other unlawful trade practices, are used to gain an unfair advantage over law-abiding industry members and ultimately limit consumer choice.
Relevant documents related to this suspension can be found on our Field Operations Administrative Cases page.
TTB is committed to creating a level playing field for law-abiding industry members of all sizes. Smaller industry members who engage in anti-competitive practices are damaging other smaller, law-abiding businesses and are, thereby, preventing consumers from enjoying a wide selection of products.