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September 9, 2016
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Greetings! We hope you had a keen and quick-witted week! This week's top stories include notification that TTB is reopening the comment period on our proposed rulemaking regarding the use of various labeling statements when a wine is covered by a certificate of exemption from label approval, the proposal of the Cape May Peninsula viticultural area, tips for avoiding being locked out of Permits Online, and a list of the past week's top wine pages at TTB.gov/.
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TTB REOPENING COMMENTING PERIOD ON PROPOSED REVISIONS TO WINE LABELING AND RECORDKEEPING REQUIREMENTS RULEMAKING
We are reopening the comment period for Notice No. 160, Proposed Revisions to Wine Labeling and Recordkeeping Requirements, which published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. As announced in Notice No. 160A, which published in the Federal Register on Thursday, September 8, 2016, comments are now due on or before December 7, 2016. We are reopening the comment period in response to requests from two wine industry trade associations which stated their members needed additional time to consider the proposal.
In Notice No. 160, we proposed to amend our labeling and recordkeeping regulations in 27 CFR part 24 to provide that any standard grape wine containing 7% or more alcohol by volume that is covered by a certificate of exemption from label approval may be labeled with a varietal (grape type) designation, a type designation of varietal significance, a vintage date, or an appellation of origin, only if the wine is labeled in compliance with the standards set forth in the appropriate sections of 27 CFR part 4 for that label information.
We also proposed to amend our part 4 wine labeling regulations to include a reference to the new part 24 requirement.
We took this action in response to concerns raised by wine industry members and members of Congress about the accuracy of label information on certain wines covered by certificates of exemption from label approval, particularly the labeling of certain wines that may not meet the part 4 regulatory requirements for using American viticultural area (AVA) names.
You may comment on Notice No. 160 and view copies of the proposed rule and any comments we receive on it at Regulations.gov/, within Docket No. TTB-2016-0005. A link to that docket is available on our Wine Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov/. Instructions for submitting comments by U.S. mail or hand delivery are included in Notice No 160.
TTB PROPOSES ESTABLISHMENT OF THE "CAPE MAY PENINSULA" AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREA
We are accepting comments through November 7, 2016, on Notice No. 161, Proposed Establishment of the Cape May Peninsula Viticultural Area, which was published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2016. The 126,635-acre proposed viticultural area is located in Cape May and Cumberland Counties in New Jersey. The proposed viticultural area is located entirely within the established Outer Coastal Plain AVA.
We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed by a local wine industry member on behalf of the local vineyard and winery owners. 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-2016-0007. A link to that docket is posted at our Wine – Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov/ under Notice No. 161.
LOCKED OUT OF YOUR PERMITS ONLINE ACCOUNT?
TTB receives a large volume of calls from users who have been locked out of their Permits Online account, usually because the user forgot his or her password. Did you know that you can avoid being locked out and having to call us by resetting your own password before getting locked out?
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