Risk-Based Regulation of Wine: 8th Meeting of the WRF 


Thank you all for coming!

Thank you all for coming!

Presentations, background materials and websites are noted in green text.

Meeting Summary

Tuesday October 9


APEC WRF Participants are invited to participate in the FIVS Hawaii Meeting, a tour of KoHana Hawaiian Agricole Rum, and a group dinner at Duke’s Waikiki at 7:00pm.

FIVS Agenda (presentations below)

Note: closed toed shoes are required for the tour.  

Wednesday October 10

APEC Welcome: Kent Shigetomi, Office of the U. S. Trade representative


Session 1: Key Takeaways from the FIVS Hawaii Meeting

Tim Ryan, E. & J. Gallo Winery, USA

Session 2:        Review of the WRF since 2011

Jeffrey Clarke, New Zealand Winegrowers                             

Session 3:         Winemaking Education

  1. Wine Institute Winemaking Video

  2. How Humble Grapes and Tiny Microbes Create a Product We Love to Make, Consume, and Regulate

Paul Huckaba, Bronco Wine Company, USA


  1. Where in your regulations is the list of allowed winemaking materials for your economy?

  2. How are materials added to or removed from the list?

  3. On what criteria, or on whose standards, do you base your list of winemaking materials? (for example, OIV, Codex list, JECFA, “ADI not specified”, etc.)

Session 4:        Risk-Based Regulatory Intervention & Evidence-Based RevieW

Based on the FIVS Paper, “Risk Based Limit Setting Guidelines

Jonathan Breach, Accolade Wines, Australia


  1. Does your economy have regulatory impact assessments?

  2. Is there a dedicated agency or government department charged with oversight of potential regulatory impact on the economy, trade and the government?

  3.  Does your economy have periodic reviews of implemented regulations?         


Session 5:        Certificates of Analysis

Certificates of Analysis Worksheet

1.      WRF Certificates of Analysis Compendium.  Mari Kirrane, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, USA

2.      Certificates of Analysis:  What They Can Tell Us and What They Cannot. Paul Huckaba, Bronco Wine Company, USA

 3.      A Closer Look at Some Analytes Tested in APEC Economies that Do Not Protect Consumers, nor Indicate Quality or Authenticity. Paul Huckaba, Bronco Wine Company & Eric Wilkes, Australian Wine Research Institute

Economy Roundtable on certificates of analysis

Participants should come prepared to discuss the following questions.  The purpose of the session is to encourage dialogue and information sharing among members.  Success of the session depends on participation from all members. 


  1. How long does it take you to get a Certificate of Analysis, and at what cost?

  2. Do you have in in-house lab, or do you have to send samples to an outside laboratory for Certificates of Analysis?

  3. How many Certificates of Analysis do you generate every year?

  4. How much natural variation, (either tank-to-tank or lot-to-lot) do you normally expect in a bottling?  (e.g., Free SO2, Alcohol)

  5. Have you ever had to change your winemaking style to meet a regulatory limit?  If so, please describe how this impacted the wine.


  1. What is the purpose of the Certificates of Analysis that your economy requires? 

  2.  What does each of the tests tell you about the safety/authenticity/quality of the wine being imported?

  3.  What is the process for removing certificate of analysis requirements in your economy?

Thursday October 11

Opening Remarks

Tim Ryan, E. & J. Gallo Winery, USA

Session 6:        Tools for Regulators

 1.      APEC Model Wine Export Certificate: The Success of the Exchange of Information Reflected in a Certificate to Facilitate Wine Trade. Joaquin Almarza, Ministry of Agriculture, Chile

 2.      World Wine Trade Group “Tbilisi” Point and Click Tool. Greg Hodson, E. & J. Gallo Winery, USA

The WWTG Principles: https://www.wwtg-gmcv.org/principles/

The Point and Click Tool: https://www.wwtg-gmcv.org/action password: WWTG@20

 3.      FIVS-Abridge and FIVS-APACE: Enhanced Access for APEC Regulators

Laurel Parker, FIVS

FIVS-Abridge: https://fivs-abridge.com/ Please contact Ms. Laurel Parker (lparker@fivslive.org) for a username and password. Instructions to access FIVS-Abridge.

FIVS-APACE: https://www.fivs.org/ Please contact Ms. Laurel Parker (lparker@fivslive.org) for a username and password. Instructions to access FIVS-APACE.

 4.      WRF Website-Information Resource.  Katherine Bedard, Wine Institute, USA

Session 7:         Laboratory Testing of Wine in APEC

Eric Wilkes, Australian Wine Research Institute

  1.  2018 Preliminary Ring Test Results

  2.  Proposal that APEC Economies Consider Accepting Test Results for Wine from Accredited Labs in the Country of Manufacture


  1. Does your regulatory framework specifically state that wine analysis for imported wines must be done by laboratories within your economy?

  2.  Does your economy specify the laboratory/s that must be used for wine tested in your economy?

  3.  Are these laboratories accredited to the ISO17025 international standard?

  4.  Do you accept results from laboratories externally if they are accredited to the ISO17025 standard?

Session 8:        Pesticides and Applicable MRLs in Wine: Development of Information Tool for Implementing Phytosanitary Programs

Presentation of the new Chilean information tool. Patricio Parra, R&D Consortium, Wines of Chile


1.      Is your economy undertaking any current reviews of MRLs for wine grapes?

Session 9:         Wine:  Low Risk or No Risk?

Steve Guy and Rachel Triggs, Wine Australia

1.      Review of industry-based traceability schemes for wine to include a review of the discussion from the 2017 Ha Noi WRF and a discussion of illicit alcohol concerns outlined in the IARD paper “Alcohol in the Shadow Economy

 2.      Roundtable:  Participants should come prepared to discuss the following questions.  The purpose of the session is to encourage dialogue and information sharing among members.  Success of the session depends on participation from all members.  



  1. Have there been any wine product recalls in your economy since our meeting in Han Noi last year? If so, have any involved imported wine?

  2. Have there been any recent reports of illicit alcohol activity in your economy? Have any involved domestic or imported wine?

  3. Has your economy established a mechanism through which illicit alcohol activity can be reported?

  4. Is it legal to ferment grapes or other fruit to produce beverages for one’s own consumption in your economy?



  1. Are commercial or compliance considerations your main priority when implementing traceability systems?

  2.  Are you considering new mechanisms to improve existing traceability arrangements?

Session 10:       Meeting Wrap Up

  1. Summary of Day 2.  Tim Ryan, E. & J. Gallo Winery, USA

  2. Spotlight on Chile: APEC Host Economy Goals and Themes for 2019.  Alex Chaparro, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Chile

  3. Draft 2018 Honolulu Meeting Statement and Next Steps.  Jamie Ferman, WRF Project Overseer, USA

Reference material:

Good Regulatory Principles for Wine (Tbilisi and Cape Town Principles)

“Microbiologically, wine is a low food safety risk consumer product”

APEC Wine Trade Data

Participant list

Economy responses to the discussion questions:

Canada (Ontario)







Presentations from FIVS

Introducing FIVS

Social Sustainability: What’s industry up to??

Cheers! / UBER. Sober-self Bot campaign (a brief summary)

Wine in Moderation

Breaking Down Trade Barriers

Climate Change: A Big Challenge

 Updated 10-16-2018