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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: Demo of how to fill out TTB claim form to report wine loss due to wildfire damage

This has been a heartbreaking and surreal week here in Napa & Sonoma counties. And we're still far from out of the woods. The wildfires which started 5 days ago are still burning and threatening structures,

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Video: US wineries do you know what “produced by fermentation” means on your reports and labels?

As harvest of 2017 continues on across the US many wineries have already "produced" new wines from this year's grape crop. That term, "produced" has a very specific definition to the federal regulating

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Video: 6 additional common issues on weighmaster certificates

My office is in regular contact with a range of federal, state and local agencies that regulate wineries. Easily 95% of that time involves feeding them applications and any information and items that they

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Video: Connecting your grape weigh tags to your wine labels

There is a lot of what I call "connecting the dots" when it comes to winery records compliance. Two examples of those "compliance dots" are the grape weigh tags being created at wineries right now and

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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: Common tare info for wineries using macro bins for their grape loads

The macro bin. These heavyweight plastic bins that have become the go-to container for transporting grapes at harvest time. (and for many winery sites using them as fementation vessels too!) Here

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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: Can you accept an “outside” weigh tag?

Tis the season! The grape harvest season is underway in parts of California, the west coast and other grape growing areas of the US. In the "compliance spirit" of the season I've once again been focusing

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Video: What fields are required to be on a weighmaster certificate (CA wineries)

The grape harvest of 2017 has officially kicked off here at several CA wineries from the posts I've seen in the press and on facebook.As I shared in my last post I'll be sharing several winery harvest

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