News From TTB

May 27, 2011
TTB

BEVERAGE ALCOHOL TRADE PRACTICES

"Trade Practices" refer to alcohol beverage marketing practices that are allowed and those that are prohibited under Federal law (Federal Alcohol Administration Act). These apply to practices undertaken by alcohol beverage producers, importers, wholesalers, and retailers in specific contexts. The objective of these trade practice standards is to promote fair competition in the alcohol beverage industry.

TTB is charged with administering and enforcing laws relating to these trade practices within the alcohol beverage industry. TTB conducts investigations to verify that the trade practice standards are being followed, including in response to allegations or complaints from members of the public. The relevant law and regulations are found at 27 USC 205(a)-(d) and 27 CFR Parts 6, 8, 10, and 11.
http://www.ttb.gov/trade_practices/index.shtml

VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE

The Voluntary Disclosure Program encourages compliance with TTB laws and regulations and benefits industry members who voluntarily identify instances of non-compliance.
http://www.ttb.gov/industry_circulars/archives/2004/04-05.html

TTB publishes three rulemaking documents regarding American viticultural areas (avas)

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. On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, the following AVA rulemaking documents were published in the Federal Register:

Treasury Decision TTB-93, Establishment of the Antelope Valley of the California High Desert Viticultural Area

This Treasury decision establishes the 665-square mile "Antelope Valley of the California High Desert" American viticultural area in Los Angeles and Kern Counties, California.

Notice No. 118, Proposed Establishment of the Naches Heights Viticultural Area TTB proposes to establish the 13,254-acre "Naches Heights" American viticultural area in Yakima County, Washington. TTB invites comments on this proposed addition to the Bureau's regulations. TTB must receive written comments on or before July 25, 2011.

Notice No. 119, Proposed Establishment of the Coombsville Viticultural Area.

TTB proposes to establish the 11,075-acre "Coombsville" viticultural area in Napa County, California. TTB invites comments on this proposed viticultural area. TTB must receive written comments on or before July 25, 2011.

GLORIA MATERRE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ILLINOIS LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has appointed Gloria Materre to serve as the Executive Director of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. Prior to her appointment, Materre served as Executive Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Materre is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the University of Illinois College of Law.