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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
July 25, 2014
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Greetings! We hope you had a stunning and victorious week! This week's top stories include information about new grape varieties that may be used on domestic wine, our Chemist Certification Program, and a list of the past week's top TTB Tools and Tutorials pages at TTB.gov/.
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ADDITIONAL GRAPE VARIETIES APPROVED FOR DESIGNATING AMERICAN WINE
TTB recently granted administrative approval for the use of five new grape variety names on American wine labels: Arandell, Aromella, Bianchetta trevigiana, Jacquez, and Tinta Amarela. Wine bottlers may use these names to label American wines pending the results of TTB's next rulemaking to revise the list, contained in 27 CFR 4.91, of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines. Anyone may petition TTB for the approval of a grape variety name. Under 27 CFR 4.93, petitioners should submit evidence that:
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CHEMIST CERTIFICATION PROGRAM AT TTB
Many foreign governments require a laboratory report of chemical analyses of exported wine, distilled spirits, and beer before the products enter their countries. Many importing countries require government laboratories of the exporting countries to perform these chemical analyses or certify that the analyses were performed.
At TTB, we administer a program where chemists, enologists, and technicians in qualified U.S. laboratories in the private sector are certified to carry out these analyses for export purposes. TTB's Chemist Certification Program offers exporters of alcohol beverages the flexibility to perform specific analyses of their products either on site or through a third-party TTB certified qualified laboratory. This program ensures that chemists, enologists, and technicians are trained and can generate quality data for alcohol beverages. By using a TTB-certified chemist to do analysis, some exporters get the laboratory analysis completed more quickly thereby getting their product exported sooner.
Twice a year we share the list of certified chemists and qualified laboratories with foreign governments. We have recently updated this list.
Our Beverage Alcohol Laboratory at the TTB National Laboratory Center offers the Chemist Certification Program twice annually (spring and fall cycles). To participate in the program, applicants need to meet specific educational requirements, and must be able to analyze accurately the beverage alcohol samples (e.g., beer, distilled spirits) we send them. We will certify the applicant if a TTB chemist validates the applicant's report of analysis and the applicant meets all other requirements for certification. This certification is free of charge and is valid for two years; during this time, a TTB-certified chemist is authorized to perform specific tests and to generate reports of analysis to accompany alcohol beverage export shipments.
The Chemist Certification Program facilitates export of U.S. alcohol beverage products by allowing exporters to use a TTB-certified chemist to rapidly and efficiently perform required chemical analyses for the export market.
For more information about the program, or to view a list of TTB-certified chemists, please visit our Chemist Certification Program Information page.
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