1) GROWN, PRODUCED, VINTED & BOTTLED
2) PRODUCED, VINTED & BOTTLED
3) PRODUCED & BOTTLED
4) VINTED & BOTTLED
Thursday, June 7, 2018
There seems to be a lot of confusion about imported wines.
With this BLOG we’re going to help you understand them a lot better!
Firstly, imported wines DO NOT have to comply with American laws of wine production. They are governed by our ‘Trade Agreements’.
Most Americans are unaware that these ‘Trade Agreements’ supersede American laws and standards. They need only comply with the laws in their ‘Country of Origin’! This is why, our bad trade agreements need to be rewritten.
As an example, there are two (2) Federal U.S.A. laws that every American wine producer are required to meet.
Federal Law #1:
“Every producer of wine in America must tell you, the wine consumer, HOW your wine is made!” A ‘REAL’ American winery has the word “GROWN” on its label. The following chart shows you the five (5) options:
Federal Law #2:
“Only wineries in America producing any kind of ‘Fruit or Vegetable’ wine from “Whole, Fresh fruits or vegetables, can use the word “NATURAL” on their wine label”! Absent the word “NATURAL” the wine is being made from juices or concentrates.
Now, let’s suppose that the laws in that foreign country stated that those wineries were not required to tell their own consumers how their wines were being made. You guessed it, they DON”T have to tell you either! They are able to import their wines into America, put them on American shelves next to REAL American wines, yet DO NOT have to meet American laws of wine production. This is NOT a level playing field!
Although not mandated by federal law, there is one word that appears on REAL wines everywhere on the planet. By knowing this single word, you are assured that that bottle of wine is made to be the best that it can be. That word is the word “UNFILTERED”!
In conjunction with the word “UNFILTERED”, look for the bottle to be sealed with real sealing wax. “UNFILTERED” wines are the only wines that age and are worthy to go into any kind of long-term storage.
Shun any bottles of wine with plastic or aluminum foil on their tops. These are ‘Filtered’ wines with a usual shelf life of two to four years and no ability to age.
Thank You….the “Green Winer”
Rural 5 Acre Lots in Florida”.
“NOTE: With this Blog, we are going to address a situation that is not being discussed on any public forum. Our hope is that we can inspire conversation and substantial change to Florida law that protects our fellow citizens!”
It sounds idyllic, buying a piece of quiet, rustic, rural Florida and escaping the pollution and noise of the city. This fairy tale can quickly become a nightmare if you’re not extremely careful!
Citrus Greening continues to devastate Florida’s citrus groves. With no cure in sight, many Florida grove owners are selling off their old grove lands to unsuspecting city buyers.
A quirk in Florida’s Real Estate laws permits these grove owners to sell off their lands in 5 acre residential lots and retain their agricultural zoning. Thus, they are exempted from any county code enforcement rules and laws. They have NO obligation to tell you, the buyer, about any of the pesticide or fungicide chemicals that they used on their citrus crops or any of the toxic chemicals released into the soil by the onsite burning of their black PVC irrigation pipes.
One extremely toxic pesticide that has been used on Florida’s citrus crops is “ALDICARB”! It has been shown to enter the human food chain and cause significant and long-term pollution of drinking water supplies. Because of its extreme toxicity to humans and wildlife its use in America was recently banned by the EPA.
In order to quickly and cheaply remove the old citrus trees from their land, they are permitted by Florida law to open burn together the citrus trees and black irrigation pipes. Usually, they are bulldozed into large piles and set ablaze with gasoline.
By not having to pull and recycle the black PVC irrigation pipes, toxic “Dioxins” are able to enter the air and the soil.
So, until Florida laws are changed, you should seek your paradise elsewhere!
Thank You…”The Green Winer”
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
READ this FIRST!
Nearly every day, someone tells us about their decision to start collecting and storing wines. It seems to be a cool thing to do! With little or no knowledge, people are willing to invest their hard earned money into a hobby that gives them little or no return on their investment!
Remember, your job is to enjoy wines, not to store them. You should leave the storing of wines to the real pros, like BHV. If, however, you are still determined to pursue your dream of creating an awesome wine collection, continue reading this Blog before spending another dime!
As BHV is the ONLY Vineyard/Winery in America that advocates for you, the wine consumer, you should follow our advice, below, precisely!
First, understand that there are two types of wines produced in America, today. Fake, Factory produced wines, and Real wines from Real American wineries. The ONLY wines that you should even consider placing in your collection are wines from Real American wineries!
Printed on the Wine labels of Real American Wineries will be these words 100% of the time…”GROWN, PRODUCED, VINTED & BOTTLED”! Additionally, and prominently displayed will be the word…”UNFILTERED”! The top of the wine bottle will be sealed with real sealing wax, NOT plastic or aluminum foil! These are the ONLY wines that can age and the ONLY wines that have the potential to increase in value over the years!
It’s important to understand that the purpose of wine making was determined thousands of years ago by our ancestors. That purpose is clear and straight-forward…”To capture the Harvest of Today and Extend that Harvest ‘Indefinitely’ into the Future, with NO end Time!”
Because Real American wineries are committed to this mandate, with each click of the clock the value of their wine grows!
Thank You, The Green Winer
Friday, May 4, 2018
As an adult who has witnessed a life of living and working in the private sector, I thought that it might be helpful to you to give you a few suggestions on where to spend your life working.
Today, without question, you should head to the nearest government employment office (State, Local or Federal) and submit your application. Do not consider working in the private sector! Here’s why.
After decades of working for a private sector employer, your employer can file for Federal Bankruptcy and a Federal Judge can negate your entire retirement income. You see, in the private sector, your retirement income IS NOT considered a liability of your employer. If however, you follow my advice and seek employment with the Government that same Federal Judge will rule that your retirement income IS a liability of the Government and MUST be fully funded and paid for by the taxpayer! This difference is huge and must be considered.
In the private sector your continued employment IS NOT guaranteed. Your employer can dismiss you or outsource your job at any time. Pay scales and benefits can be adjusted at the will of your employer. If, however, you follow my advice and seek work with the Government, your job will be guaranteed for life. Simply don’t make any waves our upset the status quo. Pay raises will flow to you on a regular basis along with benefit increases. In many cases, if you work for different government agencies, you will be eligible for multiple full retirement incomes. This is unheard of in the private sector! Even your retirement income will increase as adjustments are made by Government due to the cost of living.
In the private sector, you will work most holidays and weekends. You will sacrifice precious time with your growing kids and family. If, however, you follow my advice and seek employment with the Government, you will be given most holidays off work with full pay and benefits. If the holiday should fall on the weekend, you will be given a bonus day off of either Friday or Monday. Normally, you will have every weekend off.
In the private sector, a Union Worker must negotiate all pay and benefit increases with their private sector employer. Ultimately, the sales and profits of the private sector company will dictate how much of those sales and profits can be redirected to the union employee. If however, you follow my advice and seek employment with the Government, you will find it much easier to negotiate. Both you and the Government are employees of the same the employer, the Taxpayer. Unlike your counterpart in the private sector your employer is not even present at any negotiations. There is no connection, relationship or limitations imposed by any kind of sales or profits.
Lastly, but certainly not least, if you should decide to start your own small business, please understand that government has stacked the deck against you. Even though YOU must pay taxes and rents and higher costs for goods and services, the largest national and multinational corporations are granted, by government, extended or permanent free rent or exemptions from taxes. Many other perks often flow in their direction. All of this largess is paid for by you. The largest and most profitable U.S.A. corporation in the world paid NO Federal income taxes last year.
So, in conclusion, choose your path wisely!
Thank You…the “Green Winer”
Monday, February 20, 2017
Friday, August 5, 2016
“Current U.S.A. Trade Agreements
How They Affect Your Wine”
Under our current U.S.A. Trade Agreements, The American wine consumer and the American small farmer have been ‘sucker punched’!
Today, in America, there are two types of wine producers, the “REAL” wineries and the ‘Wine Factories’.
These American ‘Wine Factories’ are able to capitalize on these Trade Agreements in, primarily, two ways.
Firstly, by importing container loads of cheap juices and concentrates from outside the U.S.A. and, secondly, by setting up ‘distributorships’ for foreign wines.
So, how do these actions by the ‘Wine Factories’, affect you?
America has some of the most effective and comprehensive consumer protection laws in the world. As an example, we banned child labor over 100 years ago. We banned many chemicals (like DDT) nearly 50 years ago. We would never irrigate our American farm fields with raw sewage. The list goes on and on! “Real” American Wineries and small farmers must comply with these laws.
Our Trade Agreements make no attempt to raise our trading partner’s standards to our high American standards. They simply state, “If you sign on the bottom line, you can import your wines and commodities into America as though they were grown here. However, you are NOT required to meet America’s high consumer protection standards. Meeting your countries standards is good enough”.
In America, every American winery MUST tell you 'the consumer' HOW your wine is made. “Real” American wineries will have the word “Grown” on their wine labels. “Wine Factories” NEVER have the word grown on their wine labels. Obviously, if they’re importing juices and concentrates for their wines, they CAN’T use the word Grown. Most will have only two words, in tiny print on their back labels, “Vinted& Bottled”, “Produced & Bottled” or just the word “Bottled”. That tells you, the wine consumer, that they ARE NOT growing the products for their wines! In order to prevent being deceived, you MUST ask them, before buying or tasting their wines, where are the juices and concentrates coming from!
“Factory Wines” are easy to spot on the retail shelf. In addition to the guidance above, they are all sealed with the gingerbread of plastic or aluminum foil. “Real” American wineries use ‘Sealing Wax’ and will state ‘Grown’ &‘Unfiltered’ on their labels!
Another way that the “Wine Factories” take advantage of these Trade Agreements is to hook up with foreign wine producers. These “Wine Factories” then use their American distribution networks to force these foreign produced wines into our American restaurants and retail outlets. Because of these Trade Agreements, the “Wine Factories” pay NO tariffs on the imported wines and the imported wines DO NOT have to comply with American consumer protections. Of course, the “Wine Factories” bottom line profits become even fatter. The losers are the “Real” American Wineries, the American wine consumer and the American small farmers!
As a closing thought, when the playing field is level, Americans have always been able to compete on the world stage.
It’s time that we, as Americans, regain control of our country and repeal or replace these unfair and hurtful Trade Agreements!
Sincerely…the “Green Winer”!