Joint Industry Letter Requesting TTB Funding

Washington D.C., March 23rd This morning the beverage alcohol industry sent a joint industry letter to the House and Senate requesting a funding increase for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for FY2016. The letter was signed by twelve leading associations representing wine, beer, and spirits producers and wholesalers. Last month, the … Read more

WineAmerica in the News

Loosening AVA Regulations: Who benefits if wines can be ‘finished’ in adjacent states? Washington, D.C.—An unusual proposal from the Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) would allow wines to be labeled with the grapes’ AVA of origin, if “fully finished” in an adjacent state. TTB notice 147 was, the bureau stated, “in response to comments TTB received … Read more

TTB now allows certain wineries to file excise tax returns annually

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   The TTB has issued new guidance on excise tax and operations report filing for wineries. The TTB will now allow certain wineries to file their excise tax returns annually, rather than semi-monthly or quarterly. The requirements are: The proprietor has not given a bond for deferred payment of wine excise tax, and the proprietor: Paid … Read more

Social Media Rules for Wineries

Social media is a vital form of marketing and advertising for wineries. Technology is changing rapidly while some laws and regulations have not caught up. WineAmerica complied the rules TTB has put in place for social media and internet advertising. Includes: Required and prohibited content Types of media covered by the TTB Age Gating Third … Read more

TTB proposes adjacent state AVA

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  The TTB has issued a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would change how American Viticultural Areas (AVA) can be used on a wine label. The TTB is proposing that wineries in adjacent states be allowed to use the single-state AVA from the bordering state. To use the “Finger Lakes” as an example, a … Read more