RECORDS OF SWEETENING
Proprietors of bonded wine cellars
and others concerned:
Purpose. This Circular is issued to provide you with additional information
concerning the proposed rule making to amend 26 CFR Part 240, Wine, a copy of
which was furnished you with Industry Circular No. 65-36, dated December 15,
Record of Sweetening. After further consideration of the proposed amendments,
it is proposed to add a new section 240.914b, Record of Sweetening, and to
revise section 240.368(b)(3) to reflect the addition. The new section 240.914b
would prescribe records which must be maintained when wine is sweetened under
section 240.368(b)(2). For your information and use in planning records
commending January 1, 1966, the text of proposed section 240.914b is set forth
§ 240.914b Record of sweetening.
(a) General. Each proprietor who sweetens natural wine of his
own production under the provisions of § 240.368(b)(2), shall maintain,
as prescribed in this section, daily records of such sweetening.
Separate records shall be kept for each kind of fruit or berries,
including grapes. No form of record is prescribed, but the records
maintained shall contain all data necessary to enable internal revenue
officers to readily ascertain whether the limitations prescribed in
§ 240.368(b)(2), have been complied with. All quantities shall be
recorded in gallons, and, where dry sugar is used, the quantity shall
be determined either by measuring the increase in volume or by considering that each 13.5 pounds of dry sugar results in a volumetric increase
of one gallon. Each separate record shall include the following:
(1) The quantity of wine to be sweetened.
(2) The quantity of sweetening material to which the wine
would be entitled (the sum of the gallons of juice
(after adjustment, if any, of total solids) from which
the wine was produced and the gallons of allowable
ameliorating material to which such juice was entitled,
multiplied by 0.0675).
(3) The quantity of wine used for sweetening.
(4) The kind (pure dry sugar or liquid sugar) and quantity
of sweetening material used.
(5) The quantity of wine produced by sweetening.
(6) The quantity of wine remaining to be sweetened.
(7) The quantity of sweetening material remaining unused.
Supporting records shall be maintained showing the basis for entries
in the separate records. The quantity of wine used for sweetening and
the quantity of wine produced by sweetening, recorded in the separate
records, shall be totaled daily and entered on the record of still
wine required by 240.908. The records of sweetening shall be
maintained on the basis of annual accounting periods, with each
period commencing on July 1 of a year and ending on June 30 of the
Provided, That the record for an accounting period
shall continue after June 30, where the wine included therein is to
be held after that date for completion of sweetening. When the
sweetening of wine included in the record for one accounting period
is complete, the record shall be closed and any unused sweetening
material shall not be used. Wines included in the records for
different accounting periods shall not be mixed with each other until
the sweetening of both wines is complete.
(b) Variations. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a)
of this section prohibiting the mixing of wines included in the records
for different accounting periods, the assistant regional commissioner
may, pursuant to written application, authorize a winemaker to mix
such wines, before sweetening of such wines has been completed, when
the assistant regional commissioner finds that the winemaker maintains
such other records, in addition to those required by paragraph (a)
of this section, as are necessary (1) to establish the quantity of
sweetening material to which the resultant mixture would be entitled,
and (2) to enable internal revenue officers to readily ascertain
whether the limitations on sweetening have been complied with. Each
application for variation under this paragraph shall be filed in
duplicate, shall state the need for the variation, and shall describe
the additional records to be maintained.
(72 Stat. 1381; 26 U.S.C. 5367)
Wine Withdrawn from Reserve Inventory as of December 31, 1965. Wine withdrawn from reserve inventory, and the balance of sugar credits in the
reserve account, as of December 31, 1965, should not be transferred to the
records of sweetening under the section quoted above. The sweetening of such
wine should be completed as provided for in Revenue Procedure 66-2
(I.R.B. 1966-1, dated January 3, 1966), which is outlined in Industry Circular
No. 65-37, dated December 15, 1965.
Inquiries. Inquiries regarding this circular should refer to its number and
be addressed to your Assistant Regional Commissioner, Alcohol and Tobacco
Harold A. Serr
Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division