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February 26, 2016


Greetings! We hope you had a dedicated and diligent week! This week's top stories include administrative approval of Coda di Volpe as a grape variety on American wine labels, coming attractions for Formulas Online, the establishment of the Lamorinda Viticultural Area, and a list of the past week's top formulation pages at TTB.gov/.


We recently granted administrative approval for the use of the Coda di Volpe grape variety name on American wine labels.  Wine bottlers may use this name, as well as others granted administrative approval, 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.

Visit our American Grape Variety Names page at TTB.gov/ for additional information about the regulation of grape variety names.


We are excited to announce that Formulas Online version 2.1 will be released in early March. This latest edition includes numerous enhancements and fixes that will make your experience with the beverage and nonbeverage formula approval processes more efficient and user friendly.  

We’ve made many of these changes based on the results of our recent user-experience testing and on our evaluation of the most frequent reasons why we have to return applications for correction.  Our goal is to help you get your formula applications correct the first time in order to streamline the process to get your products approved and in the marketplace.

Here are a few noteworthy changes that you will find in this upcoming release:

  • Applications returned by TTB for correction will now open directly in the Needs Correction tab so you can easily see what needs to be updated.
  • We’ve improved the main menu bar by:
    • Moving the “Modify Registration” button to “My Profile”
    • Removing the nonfunctional “View” button
    • Adding a “My Submissions” button for quick access to your list of submissions
  • We’ve also removed pagination on “My Submissions” and “Search Results” so you can see all of your records at-a-glance
  • For beverage submissions only:
    • We’ve added additional instructions on what we need to know about flavor ingredients because lack of sufficient detail about ingredients is one of the top reasons we have to return formulas for correction
    • We’ve fixed the display of TTB specialist name in Box 15 of the official TTB Form 5100.51 printable version
    • We’ve fixed the issue of the Importer’s name not displaying on the Main tab for import submissions

We are committed to continually improving the online experience of our industry members.  Stay tuned for more releases of Formulas Online later in 2016.


On February 24, 2016, we published T.D. TTB–133, Establishment of the Lamorinda Viticultural Area, in the Federal Register, a final rule establishing the 29,369-acre Lamorinda American viticultural area in Contra Costa County, California.  This new viticultural area is located entirely within the established San Francisco Bay and Central Coast viticultural areas.  The final rule is effective on March 25, 2016.

This rulemaking is in response to a petition submitted 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. See Docket No. TTB-2015-0007 for all documents and public comments related to this new AVA.

Read the press release:  TTB Establishes the Lamorinda Viticultural Area.


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