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January 23, 2015


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had an active and happy week! This week's top stories include announcements about the publication of guidance on alcohol importation and the proposal of the Squaw Valley-Miramonte viticultural area, plus a list of the past week's top International Affairs Division pages at TTB.gov/.

NEW GUIDANCE AVAILABLE AT TTB.gov/ ON IMPORTATION PREREQUISITES FOR CERTAIN ALCOHOL BEVERAGES

We have new guidance on our website—in the form of a frequently asked question (FAQ)—about whether or not pre-import product evaluations are required for products that are not covered by the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act.

QUESTION - TTB Industry Circular 2007-4, Pre-Cola Product Evaluation, requires pre-COLA product evaluations for certain imported alcohol beverages. However, I import alcohol beverages (such as wines with less than 7 percent alcohol by volume and beers that are not made with both malted barley and hops) that do not require a COLA because they are not classified as a wine, malt beverage, or distilled spirit under the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act). Am I required to submit a pre-import letter for these products?

Click Q33 at our FAQ page to see the answer!

TTB PROPOSES ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SQUAW VALLEY–MIRAMONTE VITICULTURAL AREA

We are accepting comments through March 23, 2015 on Notice No. 146, Proposed Establishment of the Squaw Valley–Miramonte Viticultural Area, which was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Located in Fresno County, California, this 44,690-acre proposed viticultural area is not located within, nor does it contain, any established viticultural area.

We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed on behalf of the Squaw Valley Grape Growers Group, a group of 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.

You may comment on this proposal and view copies of the proposed rule, selected supporting materials, and any comments we receive about this proposal at Regulations.gov/ within Docket No. TTB-2015-0002. A link to that docket is posted at our Wine - Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov/ under Notice No. 146.

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