It’s a little hard to believe. After all the centuries, it is still nearly impossible to define what “handmade” is.
That’s good for Maker’s Mark and Tito, etc.
On the other hand, no pun intended, it is not so hard to see what “handmade” is not. We still have a battle of those two poles. A few months back, I spoke on this very topic at the ADI conference in Louisville. The PowerPoint is here. As it turns out, the U.S. and TTB have little to nothing by way of a solid definition. Other big countries don’t fare much better.
Note: for the heck of it, I just want to note that this post is written aboard the 7 am train from Lisbon to Porto. Perhaps I will learn a little something about handmade dessert wines.
Robert C. Lehrman is the principal attorney at Lehrman Beverage Law, PLLC. Robert founded the firm in 2001 after 12 years at the Washington, DC office of a larger firm that specializes in federal and state administrative law. From 1998 until 2001 ... Read Full Bio