22: Wine Blender

Type 22 California Liquor License | Wine Blender License

The following pertains to new wine blender’s licenses issued on and after February 3, 1968. A wine blender is a person authorized to operate a bonded wine cellar pursuant to a Federal Basic Permit issued by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) who does not have facilities or equipment for the conversion of fruit into wine and does not engage in the production of wine (Section 23013.5). Wine must be made from the fermentation of agricultural products to which may be added brandy which is distilled from the same agricultural product from which the wine is made. No other type of distilled spirits may be used to fortify wine. No more than 15% added flavoring or blending material may be added (Section 23007). A wine blender is not required to engage in blending, processing, or bottling wine. He/she may elect to operate only a warehouse facility for the storage of non-tax paid (“in-bond”) wine. This activity requires a Bonded Wine Cellar permit from TTB in addition to the wine blender license (Section 23770). Normally, the application fee for a wine blender license varies according to the total wine gallonage blended; however, an applicant who intends to operate only a bonded warehouse should pay the minimum fee.

The video below explains more about a Type 22 Wine Blender’s license and the difference between a wine blender and a wine rectifier.


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