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Old 10-28-2016, 08:54 PM   #111
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TTB will not let you have a winery in your home, even if you sequester room one off from the rest of the house. You need to have a stand alone structure.
Nothing is more false. My fully permitted TTB and State winery resides in my basement, though I am quickly outgrowing the downstairs.
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Old 10-29-2016, 02:14 AM   #112
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In Missouri you can do this but it has to be permanently walled off from the rest of the home.
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Old 10-29-2016, 06:25 PM   #113
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To each and everyone of ya'll i give my utmost thank to all here..,
but from reading an going thru all the so called rules, i have made the astute dissection to try to fill the grand canyon with taffy due to the fact of that would be much easier to do... thanks everyone for the information,,
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:58 PM   #114
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Well, a new year, a new update.

We finished 2016 with a flourish and figured that we had sold almost 400 gallons of wine and gave away about 90 gallons in tasters. We have since purchased stainless steel VC tanks of the 200 and 300 liter sizes to expand production. We are quickly outgrowing our basement and my car is no longer garage kept as pallets of bottles are stored there waiting for filling.

We started off 2017 with the generous help of friends and through 6 weeks of the year, we are already over 50% of last years total business. My wife has quit her job and is now a full time cellar rat/business manager/go getter for the winery. We have purchased a pickup truck to transport our goods to market and to pick up production materials (and not having to impose on ffemt for the use of his truck which we greatly appreciated). We have come up with mulled wine recipes which caused us to sell out of 140 gallons of Cabernet and that became a crowd favorite. We now have a "following".

Though we are very busy this winter, we plan to ease up on the summer and enjoy our wines and prep for fall. My wife will be selling our wines at farmer's markets on Thursdays and Saturdays, with occasional bigger shows sprinkled in. We are still learning the business, but have made BIG leaps over the past year. My team that helps to sell wine is confident and consumer driven. We are often told we are the nicest winery with the best tasting wines, and our sales appear to reflect that.

But now taxes are the issue and we have met with a professional accountant for assistance. They are worth every penny and hopefully will keep me out of jail (though I will blame everything on my wife, as its hockey season and I want the TV). We are now looking at purchasing acreage and putting up a winery building. My wife has seen that the business is now sustainable.

We look forward to further reports as the year progresses. We had one glitch where our older corker was putting a crease in the corks and the bottles were leaking when customers stored them on their side. We recorked about 20 cases and that issue has been corrected with the purchase of a new Italian corker.
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Old 02-15-2017, 03:45 PM   #115
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Fantastic news Bill! Congratulations all the way around. All your hard work is finally paying off!
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:50 PM   #116
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Great news. I've really enjoyed following your journey.
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:01 PM   #117
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Congrats Bill!
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:08 PM   #118
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Are you permitted to sell to a NC resident (formerly from Irwin)?
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Old 02-15-2017, 07:48 PM   #119
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Well, since you're from Irwin and I'm from Irwin, we obviously can do this. In fact, ffemt and I are coming to NC next weekend to Winston Salem to trim vines in the vineyard in Lewisville. Hope to see you there.
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Hope everything keeps going well for you and your wife there. It is a lot of work but can be very satisfying.
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