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TTB Opens Comment Period for Three Proposed Wine Rules

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, TTB announced that it would reopen comment period for three relevant proposed rules for the wine industry. The proposed rules were originally published in the Federal Register in 2016. The following rules have their comment periods reopened:

  • Notice No. 160, Proposed Revisions to Wine Labeling and Recordkeeping Requirements. This proposed rule was originally published in the Federal Register on June 22, 2016. TTB proposes to amend its labeling and recordkeeping regulations in 27 CFR part 24 to provide that any standard grape wine containing 7 percent or more alcohol by volume covered by a certificate of exemption from label approval may be labeled with a varietal designation, a type designation of varietal significance, a vintage date, or an appellation of origin only if the wine is labeled in compliance with the standards set forth in the appropriate sections of 27 CFR part 4. The comment period has been reopened through January 9, 2018. You can submit a comment online here. The prior comments are viewable here.

  • Notice No. 164, Wine Treating Materials and Related Regulations. This proposed rule was originally published in the Federal Register on November 22, 2016. In summary, TTB is proposing to amend its regulations for wine production in 27 CFR part 24, particularly those regarding permissible materials and treatments that may be applied to wine and juice from which wine is made.  The comment period has been reopened through January 9, 2018. You can submit a comment online here. The prior comments are viewable here.

  • Notice No. 165, Proposed Addition of New Grape Variety Names for American Wines. This proposed rule was originally published in the Federal Register on November 17, 2016. In summary, TTB is proposing to amend its regulations for wine labeling in 27 CFR Part 24 by adding new allowable grape variety names.  The comment period has been reopened through January 9, 2018. You can submit a comment online here. The prior comments are viewable here.

For more information on wine or alcohol law, please contact Lindsey Zahn.

DISCLAIMER: This blog post is for general information purposes only, is not intended to constitute legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship results. Please consult your own attorney for legal advice.

Lindsey A. Zahn

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Lindsey is the founder and author of On Reserve: A Wine Law Blog. She is an alcohol beverage and food attorney and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

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