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July 18, 2014


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a sizzling and successful week! This week's top stories include information about TTB's presentation at the ASITA workshop in June, announcements about two newly established American Viticultural Areas and recent information collection notices, and a list of the past week's top Scientific Services Division pages at TTB.gov/.

TTB PRESENTS AT ADVANCES IN STABLE ISOTOPE TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS WORKSHOP

A chemist from TTB's Scientific Services Division attended Advances in Stable Isotope Techniques and Applications (ASITA) in Davis, California, from June 15-18, 2014. This year ASITA, previously the Canadian CF-IRMS Workshop, celebrated its 20th anniversary!

The focus of the annual event is to share methodology advancements, technical challenges, and novel applications in Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS).  TTB presented "13C/12C IRMS Analyses of Alcohol Beverages at TTB," and covered topics such as probing fermented versus distilled character or markers of beverage alcohol, determination of agricultural sources of alcohol by IRMS in sakes, differentiating between bourbons and other types of whiskies, and determining natural versus artificial carbonation in wine. 

TTB laboratories routinely use the IRMS technique for tax classification of TTB-regulated products.

Attendees at the event included representatives from forensic and government laboratories, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Natural Resources Canada, and the Canada Border Services Agency, as well as key stable isotope instrument manufacturers.

TTB ESTABLISHES TWO NEW AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREAS: UPPER HIWASSEE HIGHLANDS AND MALIBU COAST

On Friday, July 18, 2014, we published final rules in the Federal Register establishing two new American viticultural areas:

  • T.D. TTB-120, Establishment of the Upper Hiwassee Highlands Viticultural Area establishes the approximately 690-square mile Upper Hiwassee Highlands viticultural area in Cherokee and Clay Counties, North Carolina, and Towns, Union, and Fannin Counties, Georgia.  The viticultural area does not lie within or contain any other established viticultural area.
  • T.D. TTB-121, Establishment of the Malibu Coast Viticultural Area establishes the approximately 44,590-acre Malibu Coast viticultural area in portions of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in California. This viticultural area includes the smaller, established Saddle Rock-Malibu and Malibu-Newton Canyon viticultural areas.

We are issuing these regulations in response to petitions from local vintners and grape growers.  We designate viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

Both of these final rules are effective on August 18, 2014. The public may view the rulemaking record for these two new regulations on the Regulations.gov/ website, within dockets TTB-2013-0008 and TTB-2013-0007. You can find copies of the relevant regulatory documents and a link to each final rule's Regulatons.gov/ rulemaking docket at TTB.gov/.

TTB PUBLISHES INFORMATION COLLECTION NOTICE IN JULY 15, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER

We are accepting comments through September 15 on an information collection notice we published in the July 15, 2014 edition of the Federal Register, concerning the extension or revision of 10 existing TTB information collections, and the addition of one new information collection, Specific Export Bonds-Distilled Spirits or Wine (TTB F 5100.25).

  • Read the information collection notice:  Proposed Information Collections; Comment Request (#48)

To view the notice, forms, and comments related to this notice, go to Docket No. TTB-2014-0002 at Regulations.gov/.  We have also published a direct link to that docket on our TTB.gov/ Commenting on a Form and Information Collection Notices pages.

If you'd like to submit a comment electronically, use the Regulations.gov/ comment form for this notice. To submit comments by postal mail or hand delivery, see the instructions in the notice.

 

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