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October 28, 2016


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a bright and cheery week! This week's top stories include information that will assist users of COLAs Online, announcements about two American Viticultural Areas, new information collection notices, as well as a list of the past week's top PDF pages at TTB.gov/.


TIPS FOR USING NEWEST FEATURES IN COLAS ONLINE

On September 23, 2016, we released COLAs Online version 3.12.4COLAs Online is our online system for applying for a COLA (certificate of label approval, certificate of exemption from label approval, and distinctive liquor bottle approval).

Three main areas changed with this release include:

  1. Removal of some data fields,
  2. New dropdown menus for selecting domestic appellations of origin for wines, and
  3. Redesign of the formulas section.

These changes are part of our larger plan to reduce the amount of time it takes to obtain label approval from TTB. By decreasing the amount of information we require you to submit and adding tools to assist you with the accuracy of the information you supply, we are lowering the chances that we will have to send your application back for correction. 

Read the TTB Announcement, Tips for Using the Newest Features in COLAs Online, for more background on why we made these changes, and for tips about how to navigate the latest version of COLAs Online.

TTB ESTABLISHES APPALACHIAN HIGH COUNTRY VITICULTURAL AREA

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, we published T.D. TTB–144, Establishment of the Appalachian High Country Viticultural Area, in the Federal Register. This final rule establishes the approximately 2,400-square mile Appalachian High Country American viticultural area (27 CFR 9.260) in all or portions of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, and Watauga Counties in North Carolina, Carter and Johnson Counties in Tennessee, and Grayson County in Virginia. The Appalachian High Country viticultural area is not within any other viticultural area.

We issued this regulation in response to a petition submitted by a local wine industry member on behalf of 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.

This final rule will be effective on November 28, 2016. See Docket No. TTB–2016–0003 at Regulations.gov/ for all documents and public comments related to this rulemaking.

Read the press release: TTB Establishes the Appalachian High Country Viticultural Area.

TTB PROPOSES ESTABLISHMENT OF PETALUMA GAP AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREA

We are accepting comments through December 27, 2016, on Notice No. 163, Proposed Establishment of the Petaluma Gap Viticultural Area, which was published in the Federal Register on Friday, October 28, 2016. The 202,476-acre proposed viticultural area is located in Sonoma and Marin Counties in California. We are also proposing to expand the approximately 3 million-acre established North Coast viticultural area by 28,077 acres to eliminate what would otherwise be a partial overlap with the proposed viticultural area. The Sonoma County portion of the proposed Petaluma Gap viticultural area is located within the established Sonoma Coast viticultural area, but we are not proposing to expand the established viticultural area to include the Marin County portion of the proposed Petaluma Gap viticultural area.

We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed by the Petaluma Wine Growers Association 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–2016–0009. A link to that docket is posted at our Wine – Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov/ under Notice No. 163.

Read the press release: Proposed Establishment of the Petaluma Gap Viticultural Area.

PROPOSED INFORMATION COLLECTIONS; COMMENT REQUEST (NO. 61)

On Thursday, October 27, 2016, we published in the Federal Register a notice requesting public comments on two existing TTB information collections (forms and recordkeeping requirements). The two information collections are:

  • OMB No. 1513–0058, Usual and Customary Business Records Maintained by Brewers (TTB REC 5130/1); and
  • OMB No. 15132–0123, Application, Permit, and Report —Wine and Beer (Puerto Rico), and Application, Permit, and Report—Distilled Spirits (Puerto Rico) (TTB F 5100.21 and F 5110.51).

To view all documents related to this comment request, including any comments received, go to Docket No. TTB–2016–0001 at 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 December 27, 2016.

 

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