The U.S. Treasury's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the federal agency that regulates the wine industry, has stopped processing petitions for establishing American Viticultural Areas (AVAs)—particularly subappellations within major winegrowing regions such as Napa Valley—while it reconsiders the criteria.
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