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November 7, 2014


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a wonderful and gentle week! This week's top stories include announcements about historical AVA hearing documents, renovation plans at TTB headquarters, a new grape variety for American wine, a reminder to use the correct ZIP code when mailing correspondence to TTB headquarters, and a list of the past week's top TTB Learning Center tutorials at TTB.gov/.

AVA HEARING TRANSCRIPTS POSTED TO INTERNET ARCHIVE WEBSITE

A quick search of the words "viticultural hearings" on the www.archive.org website will bring you the full text of the hearings and exhibits that helped formulate the American Viticultural Area (AVA) regulations that make it possible to designate AVAs today. The hearings were held in Washington, DC, and San Francisco, CA, in 1976 and 1977, and were open to the public. The hearings, which include testimony given by industry representatives and others, are available on this website in a variety of formats, including PDF and Kindle.

In keeping with the U.S. Department of Treasury Open Government Initiative, we identified these hearings as being of interest and useful to the public, including regulated industry members. We used the Internet Archive to make them available.

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

TTB HEADQUARTERS 4TH FLOOR RENOVATION

TTB headquarters offices located on the 4th floor of 1310 G Street NW, Washington, DC, will undergo extensive renovation beginning November 17, 2014, through March 2015. The TTB Public Room will remain open during the renovation period with the same hours of operation; however, visitors will require an escort.

ADDITIONAL GRAPE VARIETY APPROVED FOR DESIGNATING AMERICAN WINE

We recently granted administrative approval for the use of one new grape variety name on American wine labels: Falanghina. Wine bottlers may use this name to label American wines pending the results of our next rulemaking to revise the list found in 27 CFR 4.91, of grape variety names approved for use in designating American wines.

TTB HEADQUARTERS MAILING ADDRESS

This is a reminder to ensure you use our correct mailing address, particularly our current ZIP code, when sending correspondence to TTB Bureau Headquarters:

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
1310 G Street, NW, Box 12
Washington, DC 20005

 

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