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TTB Newsletter for July 19, 2013

Greetings! We hope you are having a cool and calm week! This week's top stories include information about our semiannual chemist certifications, a proposal to establish the Upper Hiwassee Highlands AVA, and a list of this week's most popular tobacco industry pages.

In the TTB Newsletter, we compile the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the Federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.

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We recently issued 37 certifications to chemists and enologists for the spring 2013 cycle of the Chemist Certification Program, which facilitates the export of wines, spirits, and beers to foreign markets.  TTB's certification program is open to chemists, enologists, and technicians engaged in the analysis of alcohol beverages destined for export.  Many countries require that a report of laboratory analysis from a TTB-certified chemist accompany the export shipment as a condition of entry.  Currently, we have certified 95 people at 53 laboratories under the program. 

Read more about the TTB Chemist Certification Program  and view the lists of Certified Wine Chemists, Certified Distilled Spirits Chemists, and Certified Beer Chemists.

TTB Proposes Establishment of the "upper hiwassee highlands" Viticultural Area

In Notice No. 139, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on July 12, 2013, we propose to establish the "Upper Hiwassee Highlands" American viticultural area in Cherokee and Clay Counties, North Carolina, and Towns, Union and Fannin Counties, Georgia.  The proposed viticultural area is not within, nor does it contain, any existing viticultural area.

We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed on behalf of local wine industry members.  You may submit comments on this proposal and view copies of the proposed rule, selected supporting materials, and any comments we receive about this proposal at the website within Docket No. TTB-2013-0008.  Please see Notice No. 139 for alternative methods of commenting.  We must receive comments on this proposal on or before September 10, 2013. 

Read the press release: TTB To Propose Establishment of the Upper Hiwassee Highlands Viticultural Area


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