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WSTA welcomes move on fortified wines


7 January 2011

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association today welcomed confirmation that new regulations on measures for fortified wine will continue to allow 100ml servings. 

Previous drafts of the regulation published by the last Government would have restricted fortified wine servings to 50ml or 70ml whereas sherry is customarily served in a 100ml measure.

Following concerns raised by the WSTA, the National Measurements Office has confirmed that the new regulation, set to come into force in October 2011, will allow multiples of these measures to be served.

The new regulations will also permit smaller servings of wine to allow samples to be sold and allow the ‘schooner’ 2/3 pint measure for beer and cider.

Jeremy Beadles, Chief Executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association, said:

“We’re pleased the National Measurements Office has responded positively to the concerns we raised. This flexibility will allow different fortified wines to be served in appropriate measures and, along with the move on ‘sample’ size wine servings, offers some much needed de-regulation that the whole trade can welcome.”


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The WSTA is the UK lobbying organisation for the wine and spirit industry representing over 310 companies producing, importing, transporting and selling wines and spirits.
We campaign to promote the industry’s interests with governments at home and abroad.
We work with our members to promote the responsible production, marketing and sale of alcohol.

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