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December 8, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! This week's top news includes several rulemaking documents we published this week in the Federal Register, and an outage notice for Permits Online.

TTB DELAYS HARD CIDER TAX CLASS LABELING STATEMENT REQUIREMENT; REOPENS COMMENT PERIOD ON HARD CIDER TAX CLASS REGULATORY AMENDMENTS

On December 5, 2017, we published a temporary rule delaying for one year (from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2019) the requirement that wine taxed at the hard cider tax rate be labeled with the statement "Tax class 5041(b)(6)."

We also published a notice, which provides the public another opportunity to comment on both the delayed labeling requirement and on other regulatory amendments we made in response to the statutory changes to the definition of wine (removed after December 31, 2016) that is eligible for "hard cider" tax rate.  

You may view copies of all hard cider-related rulemaking document and all comment received on them on the Regulations.gov website within Docket No. TTB–2016–0014. All comments are due to TTB on or before February 5, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding the hard cider-related regulatory changes, please contact our Regulations and Rulings Division by sending us a message using our RRD Contact Form, or by calling 202-453–2265.

Read the temporary rule: T.D. TTB–147A.

Read the notice seeking comment: Notice No. 168A.

TTB PUBLISHES TWO AVA RULEMAKING DOCUMENTS

Expansion of the Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, we published T.D. TTB–148, Expansion of the Outer Coastal Plain Viticultural Area, in the Federal Register. This final rule expands the approximately 2.25 million-acre Outer Coastal Plain American viticultural area (27 CFR 9.207), in southeastern New Jersey by approximately 32,932 acres. The Outer Coastal Plain viticultural area and the expansion area are not located within any other viticultural area.

TTB issued this regulation in response to a petition submitted by the owners of a vineyard in Colts Neck, New Jersey, which is located within the expansion area. 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 January 8, 2018. See Docket No. TTB–2016–0008 at Regulations.gov for all documents and public comments related to this rulemaking.

Read the press release.

Establishment of the Petaluma Gap Viticultural Area

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, we published T.D. TTB–149, Establishment of the Petaluma Gap Viticultural Area and Modification of the North Coast Viticultural Area, in the Federal Register. This final rule establishes the approximately 202,476-acre Petaluma Gap American viticultural area (27 CFR 9.261) in portions of Sonoma and Marin Counties in northern California. We also modified the boundary of the established North Coast viticultural area (27 CFR 9.30) so that entirely encompasses the new viticultural area. In addition, the Sonoma County portion of the Petaluma Gap AVA will overlap with the existing Sonoma Coast AVA (27 CFR 9.116). TTB undertook this rulemaking in response to a petition submitted by the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance.

TTB issued this regulation in response to a petition submitted by the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance. 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 January 8, 2018. See Docket No. TTB–2016–0009 at Regulations.gov for all documents and public comments related to this rulemaking.

Read the press release.

TTB EXTENDS COMMENT PERIOD FOR WINE TREATING MATERIALS AND RELATED REGULATIONS PROPOSED RULE

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, TTB published a notice in the Federal Register to extend for an additional 90 days the recently-reopened comment period for Notice No. 164, Wine Treating Materials and Related Regulations. TTB is taking this action in response to a request from the Wine Institute, a leading wine industry trade association. Written comments on Notice No. 164 are, therefore, now due on or before April 9, 2018. See Docket No. TTB–2016–0010 at Regulations.gov for all documents and public comments related to this rulemaking project.

PERMITS ONLINE WILL BE UNAVAILABLE DECEMBER 14 - 18 SO THAT WE CAN BRING YOU THE NEW PERMITS ONLINE

Note: Any draft applications you are working (records you saved but haven't submitted) must be submitted by December 13th. They will no longer be available after that time.

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