TTB Proposed Rulemaking Published for Coombsville AVA in Napa Valley
On May 24, 2011, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to establish the Coombsville viticultural area within Napa County and the North Coast and Napa Valley AVAs. TTB is accepting comments on the NPRM until July 25, 2011. Comments may be submitted online, by mail or in person as specifically provided in the NPRM.
The proposed Coombsville AVA very closely resembles the previously proposed, and ultimately rejected, Tulocay AVA. The proposed Coombsville AVA is 11,075 acres as opposed to the previously proposed Tulocay AVA with 11,200 acres. The reduced size keeps the proposed Coombsville viticultural area within Napa County and the Napa Valley AVA. After receiving and reviewing public comment on the NPRM proposing to establish the Tulocay AVA, TTB found that “Tulocay” was not the correct geographic name for the viticultural area. TTB went on to suggest that “Coombsville” or “Coombsville District” might be appropriate names for the area. As a result, Thomas Farella of Farella-Park Vineyards submitted the Coombsville petition to TTB that is the subject of the current NPRM.
In addition to seeking general comments in response to the proposal to establish the Coombsville viticultural area, TTB is seeking comments on specific issues raised in the petition and the NPRM, including the sufficiency and accuracy of the name, boundary, climate and soils evidence and, given the proposed Coombsville viticultural area’s location within the existing Napa Valley and North Coast viticultural areas, TTB is seeking comments on whether the evidence submitted in the petition regarding the distinguishing features of the proposed viticultural area sufficiently differentiates the proposed viticultural area from those existing viticultural areas. To this end, TTB is also interested in comments regarding whether the geographic features of the proposed viticultural area are so distinguishable from the surrounding Napa Valley and North Coast viticultural areas that the proposed Coombsville viticultural area should no longer be part of those viticultural areas. To review the NPRM go to the following link:
For additional information or assistance on AVA matters contact Carol Kingrey Ritter at [email protected]
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