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TTB Newsletter for September 20, 2013

Greetings! We hope you are having a brisk and bright week! This week's top stories include information about the proposed establishment of eleven new AVAs within the existing Paso Robles AVA, TTB.gov/'s search and navigation help section, effective date confirmed for FDA final rule, and a list of this week's most popular wine pages at TTB.gov/.

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In the TTB Newsletter, we compile the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the Federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.

Please send any questions or comments to the Executive Liaison for Industry and State Matters, Industry-StateLiaison@ttb.gov/.

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PROPOSED ESTABLISHMENT OF ELEVEN NEW VITICULTURAL AREAS WITHIN THE PASO ROBLES VITICULTURAL AREA

In Notice No. 140, a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on September 20, 2013, we propose to establish eleven new viticultural areas (AVAs) within the existing 612,000-acre Paso Robles viticultural area in northern San Luis Obispo County, California.  The eleven new AVAs 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."

We made this multi-AVA proposal in response to eleven 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 eleven proposed viticultural areas.

You may submit comments on this proposal, and view copies of the proposed rule, the petitions, a map, and any comments we receive about this proposal, at the Regulations.gov/ website within Docket No. TTB-2013-0009.  Please see Notice No. 140 for alternative methods of commenting.  We must receive comments on this proposal on or before January 21, 2014.

Read the press release:  Public Comment Sought on Proposed Establishment of Eleven Viticultural Areas within the Paso Robles Viticultural Area

TTB.gov/ OFFERS SEARCH AND NAVIGATION HELP

As part of our continuing effort to make TTB.gov/ more informative and visitor-friendly, we offer a Search/Navigation Help section to guide you on using the site.  This section offers handy information about the most effective methods for locating specific content on our site.  It also explains the different ways you can move around within the site.

In addition to basic search help, you will find:

  • Advanced Search
  • Site Map
  • Boolean Operators
  • Nested Expressions
  • Navigation Help

EFFECTIVE DATE CONFIRMED FOR FDA FINAL RULE ON THE USE OF CERTAIN PIGMENTS IN DISTILLED SPIRITS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed the effective date of July 15, 2013, for the final rule that appeared in the Federal Register on June 12, 2013 (78 FR 35115). The final rule amended the color additive regulations to provide for the safe use of mica-based pearlescent pigments prepared from titanium dioxide and mica as color additives in distilled spirits containing not less than 18 percent and not more than 23 percent alcohol by volume but not including distilled spirits mixtures containing more than 5 percent wine on a proof gallon basis.

Read the full notice in the Federal Register:  Listing of Color Additives Exempt from Certification; Mica-Based Pearlescent Pigments; Confirmation of Effective Date

WHAT'S POPULAR ON TTB.gov/

Popular Wine pages for September 9-15