Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has a great many responsibilities, one of which is determining how wine is labeled and sold. BATFE ruling 27 CFR 4.39(a)(1)states that a wine made with grapes that are frozen after harvest may not be labeled “ice wine”. True ice wine is made from grapes that are frozen on the vine, according to ATF Ruling 78-4, 1978 C.B. 61. This ruling was made because this is misleading the public and true ice wine has particular property and characteristics that are not achievable by freezing the grapes after picking.
I wonder if BATFE conducts raids on wineries like they do gun stores and gun owners? Torching wine casks open, stomping on kittens, confiscating wine. Remember the good old days, when BATFE ruled on things like declaring a shoestring to be a machine gun?