• Caucus Wine Tasting on Capitol Hill

    Rep. Doris Matsui, left, Jay Buchsbaum, vice president for marketing of Royal Wine Corp., and Rep. Mike Thompson at a recent caucus wine tasting on Capitol Hill. Photo courtesy of the Washington Post.
  • Congressional Wine Caucus Event

    Rep. Mike Thompson, Wine Institute President Bobby Koch, and former Rep. George Radanovich at a Congressional Wine Caucus event.
  • Wine bottles set against the backdrop of the U.S. Capitol.

    Wine bottles set against the backdrop of the U.S. Capitol.
  • The Congressional Wine Caucus promotes the interests of America's wine industry from grape to glass.

    The Congressional Wine Caucus promotes the interests of America's wine industry from grape to glass.

Latest News

Feb 27, 2017 In The News

C. Mondavi & Family in conjunction with the Military Veterans Caucus and Congressional Wine Caucus are proud to be presenting Purple Heart Wines (http://www.purpleheartwines.com/) from Napa Valley on March 1st, 2017 in Washington D.C.

Jan 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington – Today, Congressional Wine Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA-50) applauded a new trade enforcement action to ensure both imported and local wines have equal access to grocery store shelves in Canada. Currently in British Columbia, only wines produced in the province can be sold on grocery store shelves.

Jul 15, 2011 Floor Statements

Washington, D.C., Jul 15, 2011 - Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of community member Lucio E. Perez for being named Agriculturalist of the Year by the Napa County Farm Bureau. Mr. Perez comes from a long history of working with Napa's bountiful soil. His grandfather, Mr. Lucio D.

Jul 1, 2011 In The News

Washington, D.C., Jul 1, 2011 -

Northern California's status as the country's cultural and economic center of high-value wines is likely in jeopardy by mid-century as global warming cuts into the amount of land suitable for growing premium grapes, a study has found.

May 31, 2011 In The News

Washington, D.C., May 31, 2011 -

Where politics and wine meet, there are issues of great import, lots of schmoozing and, of course, funny-looking costumes and silly proclamations.

Mar 22, 2011 In The News

Washington, D.C., Mar 22, 2011 -

Rep. Dan Lungren, hoping to get an earful from Calaveras County's wine industry, plans a listening session Wednesday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys.

Mar 18, 2011 In The News

House Resolution 1161 picks up where last year’s 5034 left off; can shipping opponents attract more votes this time?
 

Feb 25, 2011 In The News

Washington, D.C., Feb 25, 2011 -

Mike Thompson stood next to the makeshift wine bar set up in the corner of the Agriculture Committee Room in the Longworth House Office Building. Thompson, a congressman from Northern California, asked for a quarter glass of Sauvignon Blanc, emphasized the importance of eye contact when saying “cheers,” and took a sip.

 

In 1999, George Radanovich and I founded the Congressional Wine Caucus with the idea that Members of Congress could benefit from learning more about the challenges of growing grapes and making wine. Additionally, we felt that people in the grape and wine business would be interested in hearing more about federal regulatory and legislative developments that affected them. Since then, we've held numerous policy briefings and wine receptions on Capitol Hill, and become involved in a wide variety of legislative issues, all with the goal of promoting our incredibly vibrant American wine industry from the vineyard to the wine glass. Please let us know if you find our website helpful or have suggestions to make it better.

Cheers, Mike Thompson

 

With my congressional district home to many wineries and growers, I was grateful for Mike Thompson’s invitation to co-chair the Congressional Wine Caucus.  There are over 50 wineries in San Diego County and moving northward to Temecula, there are 35-plus wineries, helping make Southern California a center of the wine industry.

One of the attractions of advocating for the wine industry on a national level is the opportunity to represent so many talented and hardworking individuals who make such a significant contribution to the national economy.  Wine is made all over the United States, from California to the East Coast, and Mike and I will be sure to promote not just their good work, but also their positive economic impact.

The wine industry will surely stay active and productive—and so will we.  Thanks for taking the time to visit our website.

 

Sincerely, Duncan Hunter