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Video: The value of reporting “produced by fermentation” for US wineries

Here we are staring at the end of the year once again. For US wineries that means a specific stage in their new wines "lives". For all that fermented grapes or juice from the 2017 harvest the end of each

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Video: Good news for pre 2011 US wineries – TTB Permits Online now available to you!

As a winery compliance consultant my work can have regular challenges and frustrating experiences. So when some good news shows up unexpectedly I appreciate it thoroughly!The good news that showed up today

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Video: California wineries-time to determine your ABC license renewal fee

All California wineries have an annual filing due TODAY to the CA ABC (California Alcoholic Beverage Control) which is the Winegrower/Wineblender report. This annual report is sent to you & returned

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Video: Reporting your wine loss numbers from wildfire damage to the TTB

The catastrophic wildfires here in Napa and Sonoma county are now at close to full containment. For winery staff this means they are getting back to finishing up with the grape harvest and monitoring their

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Video: Wineries don’t do this on your weigh tags!

It’s game on for crush 2017!  Once the grapes start rolling in things heat up pretty fast. (No fermentation-related pun intended) Things can also quickly become rather chaotic when it comes to harvest

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Video: Good news update on FDA food facility registration exemptions

The topic of winery compliance, when mentioned is one that more often than not will cause people to make a face. Understandably then when good news updates come along in the winery compliance world I like

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Video: Buying grapes from a CA grower? You need this license

Harvest 2017 is coming up quickly which means many wine businesses are well into grape contracts for the season. Here in California any individual or business that purchases wine grapes is required to

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CA wineries: Time to renew your ABC licenses

Here in California if you are in business as a winery, which is known as a “Winegrower” with our Alcoholic Beverage Control agency by now you would have more than likely received a mailing

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The TTB is giving wineries their money back!

Money back from the TTB?  Yes you read that correctly, I've already seen it several times myself in the last few weeks. These monies are refund payments for TTB wine bonds for those wineries who originally

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What is Up with the TTB site shut Downs?

As I shared in an earlier blog post we've already become unhappily accustomed to slower response times when dealing w/the TTB. Now this week out of nowhere two of their main website electronic filing platforms

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