The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms--the division of the Treasury Department that regulates the alcoholic beverage industries--has approved a revised version of the Mondavi Mission Statement for the back of wine bottles.
For the last three years, the Robert Mondavi Winery's back label has borne this message: "Wine has been with us since the beginning of civilization. It is the temperate, civilized, sacred, romantic mealtime beverage recommended in the Bible. Wine has been praised for centuries by statesmen, philosophers, poets and scholars. Wine in moderation is an integral part of our culture, heritage and the gracious way of life."
Other wineries have picked up the message and used it on their back labels, especially since the government began requiring a warning label on the back of wine bottles in November, 1989.
Last November, BATF said it had received a complaint about the Mondavi Mission statement from an unnamed source and that it had withdrawn approval for the statement. Mondavi submitted a revised version of the statement. It was approved earlier this month, the winery said.