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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
April 22, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE
Greetings! We hope you had a budding and buzzing week! This week's top stories include announcements that we are looking for volunteers for our next phase of improvements to Formulas Online, the establishment of the “Lewis–Clark Valley” American viticultural area (AVA) and the modification of the Columbia Valley AVA, information about how to estimate how long TTB may take to process your applications, and a list of the past week's top alcohol beverage formulation pages at TTB.gov.
WHAT'S POPULAR ON TTB.GOV
Top alcohol beverage formulation pages for April 11- 17, 2016
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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WANT TO HELP US MAKE FORMULAS ONLINE EASIER TO USE?
We got some great feedback from several of you in the fall, and we’ve been using it to guide our improvement plans for the summer release of Formulas Online. Now we’re looking for a few people willing to help us test our new design ideas. Here are the details:
Interested in volunteering? If so, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us:
We will call those expressing interest and ask you some additional questions to determine study eligibility. We are looking for a limited number of people, so please contact us early!
TTB ESTABLISHES LEWIS–CLARK VITICULTURAL AREA AND REALIGNS THE COLUMBIA VALLEY VITICULTURAL AREA
On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, we published a final rule in Federal Register establishing the “Lewis–Clark Valley” American viticultural area (27 CFR 9.256), in portions of Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater, and Latah Counties in Idaho and Asotin, Garfield, and Whitman Counties in Washington. This final rule also modified the boundary of the existing Columbia Valley viticultural area (27 CFR 9.74) to eliminate a partial overlap with the new Lewis–Clark Valley viticultural area. As a result of this boundary modification, the Lewis–Clark viticultural area is not within nor does it contain or overlap any other viticultural area.
We issued this regulation in response to a petition submitted on behalf of the Palouse–Lewis Clark Valley Wine Alliance and the Clearwater Economic Development Association. 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.
Read the press release.
TTB ONLINE PROCESSING TIMES
You have applied for a permit, certificate of label approval, or formula approval from TTB. Now how long will it take to process your application?
Our Current Processing Times charts show up-to-date processing information for applications by calendar days. Use this information to estimate when your application is likely to be processed. You can always check the status of your application at any time by logging into your account if you applied online.
Find out more at our TTB Application Processing Times page at TTB.gov.