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June 19, 2015


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a sun-kissed and air-conditioned week! This week's top stories include Bob Angelo’s receipt of a Treasury leadership award, publication of proposed rules to expand an existing American Viticultural Area and to establish a new one, and a list of the past week's top Wine pages at TTB.gov/.

BOB ANGELO AWARDED TREASURY'S 2015 LEADERSHIP LEGACY HONOR

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Left to right: Tom Crone, Assistant Administrator, Field Operations, and Bob Angelo, Director, Trade Investigations Division, at the Treasury Executive Institute, where Treasury awarded Bob its 2015 Leadership Legacy Honors certificate.

On May 29, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury recognized Bob Angelo, Director of TTB's Trade Investigations Division (TID), as one of Treasury's best Leader-Mentors, as part of its 2015 Leadership Legacy Honors.

Bob has distinguished himself in his 25-year career as an inclusive, innovative, and persuasive leader who is respected throughout the Bureau for his personal engagement in issues, and has a demonstrated record of developing employees and teams to achieve their highest potential.

The award recognizes Bob's leadership in working with interagency enforcement teams; developing TTB's internal National Response Teams for its large-scale, complex illegal diversion cases; and for enforcing federal trade practice laws. He has established the reputation of a leader who produces highly motivated, accomplished, and satisfied employees, who break new ground with extremely limited resources.

In regard to his Leadership Legacy honor, Bob says, "I am humbled to receive an award such as this, especially in its first year of inception. It is really quite an honor. I have a great Deputy and group of District Directors, Special Operations Investigators, and Management Analysts who help me run this division and continually meet our yearly goals. But just as important is that TID has such a dedicated group of investigators who go above and beyond in their daily work."

"In summary, it is easy to excel as a leader when you love the job that you do and surround yourself with dedicated, caring and hard-working people. That to me is what TID is all about."

TTB PUBLISHES TWO PROPOSED RULES ABOUT AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREAS

TTB designates viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase. On June 18, 2015, we published in the Federal Register two proposed rules relating to American viticultural areas, or AVAs. We are accepting comments through August 17, 2015, on both of the following proposed rules:

Proposed Expansion of the Willamette Valley AVA

Notice No. 152, Proposed Expansion of the Willamette Valley Viticultural Area, proposes to expand the existing 5,360-square mile Willamette Valley AVA (27 CFR 9.90) in northwestern Oregon by approximately 29 square miles.  The existing Willamette Valley AVA and the proposed expansion area are not located within any other established viticultural area, although the existing Willamette Valley AVA does contain six smaller AVAs. We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed by the owner of a local vineyard and winery within the proposed expansion area.

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-2015-0008. A link to that docket is posted at our Wine - Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov/ under Notice No. 152.

Proposed Establishment of the Loess Hills District AVA

Notice No. 153, Proposed Establishment of the Loess Hills District Viticultural Area, proposes to establish the approximately 12,897-square mile Loess Hills District AVA in western Iowa and northwestern Missouri.  The proposed AVA is not located within any established viticultural area. We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed on behalf of local vintners and grape growers.

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-2015-0009. A link to that docket is posted at our Wine - Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov/ under Notice No. 153.

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