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Category Archives for Wine Compliance

Connecting your grape weigh tags to your wine labels

Yet another grape harvest is underway across California & the western states. The grape harvest is where the compliance “story” of a wine and all it’s relevant details begin. From

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Wineries: No cross outs on your weigh tags!

It’s game on for crush 2015 2016! A colleague recently shared a post about the sparkling grape harvest getting started in Lodi. Once the grapes start rolling in things heat up pretty fast. (No

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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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Purchase bulk wine? Here’s how to document it to meet TTB & CA requirements

Bulk wine. That’s the wine industry term for wine that isn’t in a bottle yet. Instead it is sitting at a permitted winery site in some sort of container, be that a stainless steel tank, a barrel,

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Being smart about starting a new wine business

I came across this article recently about the “top 10” mistakes that US wineries make in the US market. It was focused on wine importers however I found it to cover several very relevant point

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CA Wineries: Don’t let your ABC license get suspended by this common mistake!

I hear frequently from winery staff here in California- frantically reaching out because their CA ABC type 02 license is either already suspended or in threat of being suspended. What was the source of

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US Wineries: More savings may be coming for your TTB excise taxes

In January of this year came the announcement from the TTB that starting in January of 2017 many US winery TTB permit holders will no longer be required to maintain their TTB wine bond. See my blog post

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Wineries: Like to save $10,000 in taxes per year? (or more!)

Taxes. Always everyone’s favorite topic. Although when the topic is about things to do that result in dramatic savings on our taxes suddenly it becomes much more interesting. I recently gave a presentation

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US Wineries: Do your WINES qualify for the small producers tax credit: Part 2

In last week’s post I wrote about how to determine if your winery qualifies to file and pay your TTB excise taxes under the small producers tax credit (SPC). There are two main areas that need to

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Interacting with the TTB part 2: Permit application filings

This post is number 2 following up on my blog from 3 weeks ago in which I shared my tips for successfully interacting with the TTB’s main office in Cincinnati if you have questions related to your

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