In Notice No. 140, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on September 20, 2013, TTB proposes to establish 11 new viticultural areas within the existing 612,000-acre Paso Robles viticultural area in northern San Luis Obispo County, California. The 11 proposed viticultural areas would be named: "Adelaida District," "Creston District," "El Pomar District," "Paso Robles Estrella District," "Paso Robles Geneseo District," "Paso Robles Highlands District," "Paso Robles Willow Creek District," "San Juan Creek," "San Miguel District," "Santa Margarita Ranch," and "Templeton Gap District."
TTB is issuing this proposal in response to 11 petitions submitted simultaneously by the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area Committee, a local wine industry group whose 59 members cumulatively own or manage over 10,000 acres of vineyards within the proposed viticultural areas. 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.
Comments on this proposal are due on or before January 21, 2014. To view all documents, petitions, other supporting materials, and comments related to this proposal, go to Docket No. TTB-2013-0009 on the Regulations.gov website. To submit a comment electronically via Regulations.gov, use the comment form for Notice No. 140. Supplemental files may be attached to comments submitted via Regulations.gov. For complete instructions on how to use Regulations.gov, click on the website's "Help" tab. To submit comments by postal mail or hand delivery, see the instructions in Notice No. 140. Commenters should clearly state if they are commenting on their personal behalf or behalf of a business, organization, or other entity, and they also should clearly state which proposed viticultural area or areas they are commenting on.
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