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More specifics on Napa County winery use permits now available online

The folks at the Napa County planning office have been busy. It is actually a pretty busy place no matter what, but especially lately around the topic of winery use permits. They have long maintained a

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The TTB is working weekends! Who knew?

Guess what US winemaking world? Our friends at the TTB are now working on weekends! This applies specifically to the always popular area of wine label approvals, otherwise known as COLAs. How do I know

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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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What the proposed alcohol range change means for your winery

Things are looking good for a major update coming for US wineries related to their excise taxes, 5120.17 report, and wine labels. The bill very appropriately named the wine excise tax modernization act

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Winery Compliance Class in Napa: April 12th

The requirement for Napa County winery use permit holders to submit annual reports is getting closer to going into effect. A training which will cover this topic and others specific to TTB winery compliance

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Dec 8th Napa county supervisors meeting: Review of APAC winery regulation recommendations

If you’re involved in the Napa winery industry you’ll likely be interested in attending the next Napa County supervisors meeting on Tuesday, December 8th at 9 am. The topic of great interest:

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California wineries-time to determine your ABC license renewal fee

All California wineries have an annual filing due this month (November 15th) to the CA ABC (California Alcoholic Beverage Control) which is the Winegrower/Wineblender report. This annual report is sent

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TTB label approvals: now allowing your application to not match your label!

TTB label approvals, or COLAs as the lingo goes for industry insiders are a topic that generally causes those of us who deal with their submission and approval to roll our eyes and have no shortage of

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Napa County Use Permit holders: Understanding the 75% rule VS production.

The topic of winery use permits has been a hot one here in Napa County since early this year. From my viewpoint of growing  in Napa and working in the wine industry since 1993, we’re reaching a

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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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