TTB Press Release

June 18, 2019
For Immediate Release

Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
202-453-2180

TTB Proposes the Tualatin Hills and Laurelwood District Viticultural Areas

FY—19—17

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a proposed rule in Federal Register proposing the establishment of the 144,000-acre “Tualatin Hills” American viticultural area in Washington and Multnomah Counties in Oregon and the 33,600-acre “Laurelwood District” viticultural area in Washington and Yamhill Counties in Oregon. The proposed viticultural areas are both located within the established Willamette Valley viticultural area. TTB is proposing both viticultural areas in the same notice of proposed rulemaking because they share a common boundary.

TTB is making this proposal in response to separate petitions filed by local wine industry members on behalf of local vineyard and winery owners. TTB designates viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

After the proposed rule is published, you may submit comments on this proposal and view copies of the proposed rule, selected supporting materials, and any comments TTB receives about this proposal on the Regulations.gov website (https://www.regulations.gov) within Docket No. TTB–2019–0003. A link to that docket is posted on the TTB website at https://www.ttb.gov/wine/wine-rulemaking.shtml under Notice No. 181.

Alternatively, written comments may be submitted to one of these addresses:

  • U.S. Mail: Director, Regulations and Rulings Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G Street NW., Box 12, Washington, DC 20005; or
  • Hand delivery/courier in lieu of mail: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G Street, NW., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005.

Comments on this proposal must be received on or before August 19, 2109.

 

 

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TTB Press Release

July 2, 2019
For Immediate Release

Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
202-453-2180

TTB Proposes the Elimination of Certain Standards of Fill for Wine and Distilled Spirits

FY—19—18

Washington, D.C. On Monday, July 1, 2019, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published two deregulatory proposed rules in the Federal Register proposing to eliminate all but a minimum standard of fill for wine containers (Notice No. 182), and all but a minimum and maximum standard of fill for distilled spirits containers (Notice No. 183).  The term “standard of fill” is used in the TTB regulations to refer to the amount of liquid in the container, and TTB’s current regulations prescribe certain specific standards of fill for wine and distilled spirits containers sold within the United States, such as 750, 500, 375, 100, and 50 milliliters. The proposals are intended to eliminate unnecessary regulatory requirements and provide consumers broader purchasing options.

TTB welcomes comments on these proposed deregulatory actions, and it also seeks comments on the relative merits of alternatives, such as adding new authorized standards of fill or developing an expedited process for adding additional standards in the future. All of these approaches would be intended to eliminate restrictions that inhibit competition and the movement of goods in domestic and international commerce. TTB has already received comments on the existing standards of fill regulations in response to Notice No. 176, Modernization of the Labeling and Advertising Regulations for Wine, Distilled Spirits, and Malt Beverages, and TTB will take those and any additional relevant comments it received in response to that Notice into consideration for these proposals as well.

You may submit comments on the proposals and view copies of the proposed rules, selected supporting materials, and any comments TTB receives about the proposals on the Regulations.gov website (https://www.regulations.gov) within Docket No. TTB–2019–0004 (for wine) and Docket No. TTB20190005 (for distilled spirits). Links to the dockets also are posted on the TTB website at https://www.ttb.gov/wine/wine-rulemaking.shtml under Notice No. 182 and at https://www.ttb.gov/spirits/spirits-rulemaking.shtml under Notice No. 183.

Alternatively, written comments may be submitted to one of these addresses:

  • U.S. Mail: Director, Regulations and Rulings Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G Street NW., Box 12, Washington, DC 20005; or
  • Hand delivery/courier in lieu of mail: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310   Street, NW., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005.

The comment period for the two proposed rules closes on August 30, 2019.

 

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TTB Press Release

July 18, 2019
For Immediate Release

Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
202-453-2180

TTB Establishes the Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County Viticultural Area

FY—19—19

Washington, D.C. - On Friday, July 19, 2019, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in Federal Register establishing the approximately 215-square mile “Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County” American viticultural area in Henderson County, North Carolina.  The Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County viticultural area is not located within any other established viticultural area.

TTB is issuing this regulation in response to a petition submitted by the executive director of Agribusiness Henderson County and the county extension support specialist for North Carolina Cooperative Extension on behalf of the local vineyard owners and vintners.  TTB designates 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 August 19, 2019.  The public may view the relevant rulemaking documents and the public comments received regarding the Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County viticultural area on the “Regulations.gov” website (https://www.regulations.gov) within Docket No. TTB–2018–0009.  A link to the docket may be found on the TTB website (https://www.ttb.gov).

 

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TTB Press Release

December 13, 2018
For Immediate Release

Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
202-453-2180

TTB Establishes the Van Duzer Corridor Viticultural Area

FY—19—13

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, December 14, 2018, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a final rule in Federal Register establishing the 59,871-acre “Van Duzer Corridor” American viticultural area in portions of Polk and Yamhill Counties in Oregon. The Van Duzer Corridor viticultural area is located within the established Willamette Valley viticultural area.

TTB is issuing this regulation in response to a petition submitted by a local wine industry member on behalf of the local vineyard owners and vintners. TTB designates 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 14, 2019. The public may view the relevant rulemaking documents and the public comments received regarding the Van Duzer Corridor viticultural area on the “Regulations.gov” website (https://www.regulations.gov) within Docket No. TTB–2018–0006. A link to the docket may be found on the TTB website (https://www.ttb.gov).

 

 

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TTB Press Release

August 9, 2019
For Immediate Release

Office of Congressional and Public Affairs
202-453-2180

TTB Extends Comment Period on Proposals to Eliminate Certain Standards of Fill for Wine and Distilled Spirits

FY—19—20

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, August 12, 2019, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing a 60-day extension of the public comment period for its proposals to eliminate all but a minimum standard of fill for wine containers and all but a minimum and maximum standard of fill for distilled spirits containers.

The comment periods for those two proposals, contained in Notice No. 182 for wine and Notice No. 183 for distilled spirits, published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2019, will now close on October 30, 2019.

The term “standard of fill” is used in the TTB regulations to refer to the amount of liquid in the container, and TTB’s current regulations prescribe certain specific standards of fill for wine and distilled spirits containers sold within the United States, such as 750, 500, 375, 100, and 50 milliliters.  The two proposals are intended to eliminate unnecessary regulatory requirements and provide consumers broader purchasing options.

TTB welcomes comments on these proposed deregulatory actions, and it also seeks comments on the relative merits of alternatives, such as adding new authorized standards of fill or developing an expedited process for adding additional standards in the future.  All of these approaches would be intended to eliminate restrictions that inhibit competition and the movement of goods in domestic and international commerce.

You may submit comments on the two proposals and view copies of the proposed rules and any comments TTB receives about the proposals on the Regulations.gov website (https://www.regulations.gov) within Docket No. TTB–2019–0004 (for wine) and Docket No. TTB-2019-0005 (for distilled spirits).  Links to the dockets also are posted on the TTB website at https://www.ttb.gov/wine/wine-rulemaking.shtml under Notice No. 182 and at https://www.ttb.gov/spirits/spirits-rulemaking.shtml under Notice No. 183.

Alternatively, written comments may be submitted to one of these addresses:

  • U.S. Mail: Director, Regulations and Rulings Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G Street NW., Box 12, Washington, DC 20005; or
  • Hand delivery/courier in lieu of mail: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310   Street, NW., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005.

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