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August 26, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a hip and cool week! This week's top stories two final rules regarding American Viticultural Areas, information collection notifications, and a list of the past week's top formulation pages at TTB.gov/.


TTB EXPANDS STA. RITA HILLS VITICULTURAL AREA

On Monday, August 22, 2016, we published T.D. TTB–141, Expansion of the Sta. Rita Hills Viticultural Area, in the Federal Register. This final rule increases the size of the 33,380-acre Sta. Rita Hills American viticultural area (AVA) in Santa Barbara County, California, by approximately 2,296 acres.  The established AVA and the expansion area are both located entirely within the established Santa Ynez Valley and Central Coast AVAs.  The expansion adds three vineyards to the AVA, including two vineyards that were split by the original boundaries of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The final rule is effective on September 21, 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–2014–0007 on Regulations.gov/ for all documents and public comments related to this AVA expansion.

Read the press release: TTB Expands the Sta. Rita Hills Viticultural Area.

TTB ESTABLISHES THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY OF NEW YORK VITICULTURAL AREA

On Monday, August 22, 2016, we published T.D. TTB–142, Establishment of the Champlain Valley of New York Viticultural Area, in the Federal Register. This final rule establishes the 500-square mile Champlain Valley of New York American viticultural area (AVA) along the western shore of Lake Champlain in Clinton and Essex Counties in upstate New York. This new viticultural area is not within any other existing viticultural area.

TTB issued this regulation in response to a petition submitted on behalf of the Lake Champlain Grape Growers 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.

This final rule will be effective on September 21, 2016. See Docket No. TTB–2015–0010 on Regulations.gov/ for all documents and public comments related to this rulemaking.

Read the press release:  TTB Establishes the Champlain Valley of New York Viticultural Area.

TTB SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON FOUR INFORMATION COLLECTIONS

Also on Monday, August 22, 2016, TTB published Proposed Information Collections; Comment Request (No. 60) seeking public comments on four TTB information collections (forms, recordkeeping requirements, surveys, etc.).  This notice seeks comments on collections approved under the following OMB control numbers: 

  • OMB No. 1513–0086, Marks on Equipment and Structures (TTB REC 5130/3) and Marks and Labels on Containers of Beer (TTB REC 5130/4).  This collection remains unchanged; TTB is revising the number of respondents and burden hours to reflect growth in the number of brewers regulated by TTB.
  • OMB No. 1513–0122, Formula and Process for Domestic and Imported Alcohol Beverages (TTB F 5100.51).  The form remains unchanged.  TTB is adding the Flavor Ingredient Data Sheet (FIDS) to this information collection.  The FIDS helps TTB identify flavors used in certain formulas for labeling and taxation purposes.
  • OMB No. 1513–0124, Surveys for Permits Online, Formulas Online, and COLAs Online.  The surveys approved under this collection are unchanged.  TTB is submitting this collection in order to increase the number of customers it surveys on an annual basis.
  • OMB No. 1513–0132, Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery.  TTB is submitting this collection in order increase its use of surveys, usability tests, focus groups, and other customer feedback collection tools in order to improve its service delivery, programs, and Web site.

To view this notice, copies of any forms, and any comments received in response to this notice, go to Docket No. TTB–2016–0001 on Regulations.gov/. To submit a comment electronically, use the Regulations.gov/ comment form for this notice. To submit comments by postal mail or hand delivery, see the instructions in the notice. Comments are due by April 25, 2016.

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