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December 14, 2018


IN THIS ISSUE

This week’s top news includes a reminder to include who you are representing when you comment on TTB rulmaking, what’s new in the latest versions of COLAs Online and Formulas Online, registration is now open for our next Formulas Online webinar, and publication of four rulemaking documents related to American viticultural areas.

WHEN SUBMITTING A COMMENT TO TTB ON BEHALF OF YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION, LET US KNOW!

When submitting a comment on a proposed rule, please clearly indicate in the comment if you are speaking for yourself only, or if your comment represents the views of an entity such as your business or company, a trade association, or a government agency.

If you are commenting on behalf of an entity, your comment must include the entity’s name as well as your name and position title. You may provide this information to us by submitting your comment on your entity’s letterhead, by including your entity’s name and your position title in the text of your comment (for example, “This comment is made on behalf of My Small Business, LLC, Jane Doe, owner.”), or, on a Regulations.gov comment form, by checking the “I am submitting on behalf of a third party” box and then providing your name and position title in the “Submitter’s Representative” data field and the name of your association, business, or other entity in the “Organization” data field.

We will consider all substantive comments, whether made by individuals or associations, businesses, government agencies, or other entities.

Having information regarding the name of the entity for which you are speaking and your position title allows us to understand the source of the comment and to properly title the comment when it is posted on the Regulations.gov website for public viewing (Note: we do not post anonymous comments).

COLAS ONLINE VERSION 4.6 IS HERE!

In this latest release to our online label approval system, we’ve made some additional changes to your Home – My eApplications page that are designed to make it easier for you to manage your Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) records and keep track of applications that require follow-up actions.

  • New ways to manage your list of records – We’ve enhanced your ability to manage your records by filtering (sorting), exporting, and printing your My eApplications list.
  • “Take Action By” column added – This new column displays the deadline date for any applications that require you to take follow up action (e.g., applications in Needs Correction status).

To learn all the details of these new features, check out What’s New in COLAs Online 4.6.

LATEST VERSION OF FORMULAS ONLINE INCLUDES ENHANCEMENTS AND BUG FIXES

The following enhancements are included in the Version 2.9 release of Formulas Online:

  • To reduce unintentional irreversible actions (i.e., Withdraw, Surrender, Revoke, Cancel, Close Historical) being taken by users, the links to those actions have been moved to the far right of the screen.
  • A formula expiration date field has been added to the Read Only view for Beverage Import submissions.
  • We only allow alcohol by volume (not proof) when entering the alcohol content of malt beverage and wine products.

To learn about all enhancements and bug fixes in this release, see What’s New in Formulas Online 2.9

TTB WEBINAR: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT USING FORMULAS ONLINE FOR ALCOHOL BEVERAGE PRODUCTS

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

Register for this webinar and become an expert at how to use Formulas Online. Learn what we look for when registering new users and how to use the system to submit a beverage alcohol formula.

This webinar will cover the most important aspects of using Formulas Online for beverage alcohol formulas, including:

  • Registering for a Formulas Online and COLAs Online account
  • Modifying an existing user account
  • Navigating and filling out a beverage alcohol formula
  • Submitting your beverage alcohol formula
  • Recent updates to Formulas Online

Spaces are filling up fast, so please register online now. A link and call-in information will be provided on the morning of December 18.

We look forward to meeting with you,

Your TTB Formulas Team

TTB PROPOSES ESTABLISHMENT OF THE "EASTERN CONNECTICUT HIGHLANDS" AMERICAN VITICULTURAL AREA

We are accepting comments through February 11, 2019, on Notice No. 179, Proposed Establishment of the Eastern Connecticut Highlands Viticultural Area, which was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, December 13, 2018. This approximately 1,246 square-mile viticultural area is located in Hartford, New Haven, Tolland, Windham, New London, and Middlesex Counties in Connecticut. The proposed viticultural area is not located within any established viticultural area.

We are making this proposal in response to a petition filed 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.

You may submit comments electronically 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–2018–0010. A link to that docket is posted at our Wine – Notices of Proposed Rulemaking page at TTB.gov under Notice No. 179.

Read the press release.

TTB EXPANDS CALIFORNIA AND VIRGINIA VITICULTURAL AREAS AND ESTABLISHES NEW OREGON VITICULTURAL AREA

On Friday, December 14, 2018, we published three final rules in the Federal Register related to American viticultural areas in California, Virginia, and Oregon:

  • T.D. TTB–153, Expansion of the Arroyo Seco Viticultural Area. This final rule expands the existing “Arroyo Seco” American viticultural area (27 CFR 9.59) in Monterey County, California, by approximately 90 acres. The Arroyo Seco viticultural area and the expansion area are both located within the established Monterey viticultural area (27 CFR 9.98) and the larger, multi-county Central Coast viticultural area (27 CFR 9.75). We undertook this rulemaking in response to a petition submitted by a local wine industry member whose vineyard is located within the expansion area. See Docket No. TTB–2018–0003 at Regulations.gov for all documents and public comments related to this rulemaking. Read the press release.
  • T.D. TTB–154, Expansion of the Monticello Viticultural Area. This final rule expands the existing 1,320 square-mile “Monticello” American viticultural area (27 CFR 9.48) in portions of Albemarle, Greene, Nelson, and Orange Counties in Virginia by approximately 166 square miles, into Fluvanna County. We undertook this rulemaking in response to a petition submitted by a local wine industry member on behalf of the local vineyard owners and vintners. See Docket No. TTB–2018–0004 at Regulations.gov for all documents and public comments related to this rulemaking. Read the press release.
  • T.D. TTB–155, Establishment of the Van Duzer Corridor Viticultural Area and Clarification of the Eola-Amity Hills Viticultural Area Boundary Description. This final rule establishes the new 59,871-acre “Van Duzer Corridor” American viticultural area (27 CFR 9.265) in portions of Polk and Yamhill Counties in Oregon. The Van Duzer Corridor viticultural area is located within the established Willamette Valley viticultural area (27 CFR 9.90). We undertook the Van Duzer Corridor rulemaking in response to a petition submitted by a local wine industry member on behalf of local vineyard owners and vintners. This final rule also clarifies the boundary description of the established Eola-Amity Hills viticultural area (27 CFR 9.202). The clarifications of the regulatory language used to describe several sections of the area’s boundary do not change the boundary’s location. See Docket No. TTB–2018–0006 at Regulations.gov for all documents and public comments related to this rulemaking. Read the press release.

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. These three final rules are effective on January 14, 2019.

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