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Wineries: Tell the TTB what you think

There is no shortage of confusion and often frustration for US wineries in their dealings with the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau, the TTB. As part of my business I hear about it quite often

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Napa County winery annual reporting may be coming soon

There are currently several hundred wineries in the unincorporated area of Napa county which hold a use permit issued by the Napa County Planning office. Currently these wineries are not required to file

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Winery Compliance Class: May 12th in Placerville

In last week’s blog post I wrote about how winery compliance is a conundrum of a task for the vast majority of winery staff responsible for managing it. What is the main factor behind this? In my

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Give Napa Valley credit or lose your license

I recently heard from 2 clients telling me they were contacted regarding their use of a sub AVA of Napa Valley on their TTB approved wine label. What they were specifically being contacted about was that

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How to KNOW your excise taxes (TTB) have REALLY been paid!

This headline in the wine industry last week caught my attention- Wine Cellar owner sentenced to prison . This was related to lack of payment of TTB excise taxes due for over a year’s period of

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Free Harvest compliance “Tips & Tricks”

Harvest 2014 while underway, has been a “start, stop” sort of harvest here in Napa so far. That is the picking began and then either slowed way down or stopped while waiting for the next round

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Yikes! Harvest 2014 is here! Does your compliance need a refresher?

The grape harvest is once again upon us. For all of you that actually means something to (all you hardworking winery folk!) you’re either excited to see it come, somewhat intrigued because it provides

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What can & can’t be done right now while the TTB is shut down.

The TTB is shutdown. Those were the words those of us in the compliance world of wine woke up to yesterday. It still sounds so surreal to me. So what exactly does it mean? For wineries? For those wanting

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What do the proposed Paso Robles AVAs mean for your weigh tags right now?

I see that 11 new petitions have recently been submitted to the TTB for new AVAs all within the current Paso Robles AVA. For one, that’s a lot of slicing and dicing all at once! And of course there

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What does wine production really mean?

I’ve recently read some articles about random audits here in Napa county conducted by the planning office. These random audits occur annually on 5% of Napa’s wineries which hold use permits

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