TTB Is on the Move
Bureau approves third appellation for North Carolina, plans second free compliance expo
The new Haw River Valley AVA encompasses 868 square miles in north central North Carolina, between Greensboro and Durham. The region, which includes Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties, has historically been agricultural in nature, best known for crops such as tobacco and soybeans. About half a dozen small commercial wineries currently operate in the area, according to Max Lloyd, owner/winemaker of Grove Winery & Vineyards in Gibonsville. Grove has joined with Benjamin, Glen Marie, and Iron Gate to form the 50-mile-long Haw River Wine Trail (hawriverwinetrail.com).
TTB's free expo expands
Following a highly successful debut in June 2008, the bureau is expanding its Compliance Through Education expo this June. Online registration is now open for the expo, scheduled for June 24-26 in Covington, Ky. The location is near Cincinnati, Ohio, the TTB's National Revenue Center, and many TTB experts will again be on hand.
"Good government is dependent upon a partnership between the regulators and the industries being regulated," said TTB administrator John Manfreda after the 2008 expo. Manfreda will be the keynote speaker this June. Breakout sessions are divided among regulatory areas: wine, beer, spirits, importers, tobacco, firearms and ammunition and general interest. Last year, there were about 40; this year the total has been doubled to 80, and wine-targeted sessions are scheduled almost every hour throughout the event. Exhibitors at the trade show will also increase this year.
For a full schedule and reservations, visit ttb.gov/expo09. Did we mention, attendance is free?