Gahagan, ATF Wine Technical Advisor Retires
Alice Hall (202) 927-8100
career with ATF started in 1967 as an on-premise inspector in
the Fresno, California, field office. He worked as an on-premise
inspector, an inspector, senior inspector and as officer-in-charge
before being promoted to ATF's Wine Technical Advisor in 1982.
He is the first person to hold this position. He received his
Masters Degree in Enology in 1982 from California State University,
Fresno. As the Bureau's Wine Technical Advisor, he worked on
a variety of significant assignments helping both field as well
as headquarters efforts.
1983 and again in 1999, he worked with the interagency wine
committee in negotiating bilateral wine accords with the then
European Economic Community (EEC). He was the scientist of the
group responsible for addressing the EEC's concerns relating
to ATF's winemaking practices. He has also represented the United
States at the expert groups Food Safety, Wine Technology, Wine
Microbiology, and International Code of Oenological Practice
at the Office International de la Vigne et du Vin (OIV) in Paris,
France. He was also a part of the United States' delegation
to the Codex Alimentarius Commission that is part of the Food
and Agricultural Office of the United Nations. Richard was responsible
for providing advice to the U.S. Head of Delegation regarding
beverage alcohol additives and contaminant issues.
his tenure with ATF, Richard participated in over two hundred
ATF sponsored industry compliance seminars covering an array
of topics including laboratory analysis, enological practices,
labeling regulations, distillation, record keeping, bonding
requirements, changes in businesses that require reporting to
ATF, taxes, importing and exporting. He was also very effective
in training Bureau employees.
coordinated symposia for American Society for Enology and Viticulture
annual meetings on such diverse topics as Winery Sanitation;
Importation of Bulk Wine; Exports and Laboratory Analyses. Richard
has spoken nationwide before numerous industry groups. In addition
to his day-to-day activities, Richard served on the Board of
Directors of the Viticulture and Enology Research Center at
California State University, Fresno; the Technical Projects
Committee of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture;
and the Grape Germplasm Advisory Committee of the United States
Department of Agriculture.
has received numerous awards and recognition culminating with
the 2000 Outstanding ATF Professional Employee Award. But perhaps
most important, Richard will be remembered for the assistance
and advice he gave Bureau employees over the years in virtually
every segment of ATF, including Field Operations, all of the
Alcohol and Tobacco Directorate Divisions, Chief Counsel's Office
and Laboratory Services.
Richard will be retiring effective January 3, 2002, he will
be sorely missed. However, Wine Technical Specialist, Mari A.
Kirrane will take over Richard's responsibilities and may be
reached at 415-947-5194. q
Tracy McNeill (202) 927-8140
December 4, 2001, employees from the Alcohol Labeling and Formulation
Division attended a seminar in Washington, DC presented by the
Italian Trade Commission, a foreign government entity. The seminar
was associated with the "Naturalmente Italiano" campaign
sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture. The focus
of the "Naturalmente Italiano" campaign, and the Italian
Trade Commission in general, is to facilitate trade and guarantee
the authenticity of Italian products in the United States.
presenters discussed a full range of topics from the history
and geography of Italian grape growing, to the intricacies of
the Controlled Denomination of Origin and Typical Geographic
Indication system which governs and protects the commerce of
Italian wines. One speaker, a wine expert from California, was
especially informative in his overview of Italian appellations
and their indigenous varietals. He was also ardent in his belief
that Italy is an untapped source of a multitude of yet to be
discovered grape varietals and winemaking techniques.
the seminar, complete with detailed reference materials and
visual aids, was a rare occasion for cultural exchange and clarification
of relevant labeling and formulation issues. q