Wine Treating Materials and Related Regulations
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is amending its regulations pertaining to the production of wine to add to the list of materials and processes authorized for the treatment of wine and of the juice from which wine is made, and to expand the authorized uses of certain materials already authorized under the regulations. TTB is finalizing amendments to the regulations proposed in a notice of proposed rulemaking, Notice No. 164, with some changes in response to comments received. Adding these wine treating materials and processes to the TTB regulations will increase the acceptability in export markets of wine produced using these materials and processes.
Establishment of the Gabilan Mountains Viticultural Area
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) establishes the approximately 98,000-acre ``Gabilan Mountains'' viticultural area in Monterey and San Benito Counties, in California. The newly- established Gabilan Mountains viticultural area is located entirely within the existing Central Coast viticultural area and entirely encompasses the existing Mt. Harlan and Chalone viticultural areas. TTB designates viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.