Todd Staples to Deliberate over ‘Go Texan’ Rule Change for Texas Wine Industry

By on February 11, 2014 Texas Wine News

by Andrew Chalk, Senior Writer, Texas Wine and Trail

The Texas Commissioner for Agriculture is involved in two important things. First, as you have doubtless seen from his frequent television commercials, he is a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Second, he is about to deliberate over the future of the Go Texan rule regarding how much of the grapes in a wine marked ‘Go Texan’ must be Texas fruit. The rule he inherited is a travesty — it allows wine bottled in Texas, marked ‘Go Texan,’ to contain 0% Texas fruit!

In the first part of the recent comment period, consumer response was overwhelming. All except one consumer favored abolishing the current 0% rule and requiring at least 75% Texas fruit in Go Texan marked wine.

100% of grape growers favored abolishing the current 0% rule and requiring at least 75% Texas fruit in Go Texan marked wine.

Even 40% of Texas wineries favored abolishing the current 0% rule and requiring at least 75% Texas fruit in Go Texan marked wine.

The written comments show that it is a runt of producers who want the right to bring in finished California jug wine, mix it here, and slap the Go Texan mark on it, who account for virtually all who favor the 0% rule.

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