Yes I know, “thankful” and “compliance” don’t usually show up in the same sentence together. But if you’re someone who has spent the past 15 plus years interacting with the TTB from a recordkeeping and reporting standpoint you can appreciate the improvements that have come along to simplify the process. Plus I’m a person who believes in a regular practice of gratitude. So in the spirit of marking this Thanksgiving week I’ve summarized a few of this years compliance “developments” that I’m grateful for.
Some of these items on the list are developments from the TTB over this past year while others are about new developments in my business.
1. Label approval times are still relatively “quick”. Average processing time is now 20 days. http://www.ttb.gov/labeling/labeling-resources.shtml
2. Another TTB update related to label approvals. The “You can get it wrong but still get it right!” update they posted in September. See my blog post which summarizes this: 9-29-2015 Blog post
3. I’m now teaching a winery compliance course through the Napa SBDC offices. The class is offered twice a year. Sign up for my newsletter to find out about upcoming 2016 dates.
4. Wine Compliance Alliance has had a Youtube channel for a year now. 2015 was quiet as far as posting new videos but starting January 2016 you can expect to see regular weekly uploads on topics related to TTB winery compliance, from permitting through record keeping, reporting, paying excise taxes and label design/label approval. Here’s the channel to subscribe: Wine Compliance Alliance Youtube channel
5. Last but not least I’m continually thankful to all of you who have found my blog and made contact with me to let me know that it made you smile, helped you out or you became another awesome client. Thanks! I’m very grateful to hear your appreciative feedback! It is you that I am writing for! Make sure you stay in my loop of the wonderful world of winemaking compliance by signing up for my newsletter by accessing my “5 Simple Steps” download here on my site.
And for those of you who have any items to add to this list from your own experiences I’d love to hear about them! Please share them in the comments section below.
Here’s to more updates and improvements to be thankful for in your winemaking compliance as we approach 2016! Stay tuned!