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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
March 6, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE
Greetings! We hope you had a rejuvenating and inspiring week! This week's top stories are announcements about a recent TTB enforcement action, the call for applications for the spring round of chemist certifications, a proposed American Viticultural Area, and a list of the past week's top TTB Scientific Services Division pages at TTB.gov/.
WHAT'S POPULAR ON TTB.gov/
Top TTB Scientific Services Division pages for Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, 2015
ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER
The TTB Newsletter compiles 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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TTB ACCEPTS OFFER IN COMPROMISE FOR ALLEGED IRC AND FAA ACT VIOLATIONS
We recently accepted a $7,500 Offer in Compromise from Warwick Valley Wine Company, Inc., a winery located in Pine Island, New York, to resolve alleged violations of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and the Federal Alcohol Administration Act (FAA Act). This Offer in Compromise is the result of a TTB investigation that revealed that Warwick Valley Wine, Inc. allegedly failed to perform and/or record required fill and alcohol tests and failed to obtain a certificate of label approval as required by law. In addition, the government warning statement was allegedly insufficient on some labels.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE SPRING 2015 ROUND OF CHEMISTS CERTIFICATION FOR EXPORT ANALYSIS PROGRAM
We are accepting applications for the spring 2015 round of the Chemist Certification Program. If you are interested, you must send us a written request for participation by April 1, 2015.
TTB PROPOSES ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LOS OLIVOS DISTRICT VITICULTURAL AREA
We are accepting comments through May 4, 2015 on Notice No. 148, Proposed Establishment of the Los Olivos District Viticultural Area, which was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Located in Santa Barbara County, California, this 22,820-acre proposed viticultural area lies entirely within the existing Santa Ynez Valley viticultural area, and it would border the Ballard Canyon viticultural area to the west and the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara viticultural area to the east.
We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed on behalf of local wine industry members. 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-2015-0004. A link to that docket is posted at our Wine - Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov/ under Notice No. 148.
Read the press release: Proposed Establishment of the "Los Olivos District" Viticultural Area.
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