Just like there are seasons of growth and activity in the vineyards, the same applies for activity levels related to day to day winery compliance tasks. The 2015 grape harvest is wrapping up on the early side this year which means that things are beginning to slow back down to “normal” in the cellar.
This is another perfect time to take a look at your winery’s compliance “health”. Is it in good standing? Are you keeping your wine making records correctly to pass either a TTB or a Napa County planning audit?
If you have ever lost sleep over the above topics- I’m teaching a class next month which is designed to help you find out.
The class is “How to keep your winery Audit safe” and is being offered on Tuesday, November 3rd from 9 til noon through the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Go HERE for full details & to sign up.
It will be offered at the SBDC office on the Napa Valley College campus.
The class will focus specifically on key issues related to TTB (Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau) and Napa County Planning use permit audits. These are items that come up most frequently in the course of on site audits by both of these regulating agencies. Topics such as required records and reporting, excise tax payments, and how to determine production levels will be explained and reviewed so attendees can then determine whether their winery has any potential issues that need to be addressed.
Winery staff attending the class are highly encouraged to bring the following items:
- Full previous years TTB 5120.17 (“702”) reports
- Most recent TTB excise tax report
- Examples of required records: a completed bill of lading for cased wine & one for bulk wine
- Current Napa county Use Permit
This class will go a long way to help wineries fully connect the dots as to how the records and reports they are required to be maintaining and filing either have potential audit holes in them, leaving them vulnerable as well as specific steps they can take now to address them.
Here is a link to get signed up: Winery Compliance Class