State-by-State COVID-19 Guidance for ABC Licensees

To assist with winery sales and business operations, Wine Institute’s State Relations Team has compiled a listing of guidance for State ABC licensees in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new resource page is updated continuously as new information is released and changes impacting the sale and regulation of wine are implemented. Many of the […]

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Tasting Samples for Virtual Winery Experiences Approved by TTB

In an effort to help stimulate DTC wine sales, Wine Institute requested that TTB and California ABC provide clear guidance on whether small containers of wine may be shipped to winery customers by common carriers for virtual tastings. During Shelter-in-Place orders, this would replace the traditional tasting room experience where visitors sample small quantities of […]

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Kentucky’s New DTC Shipping Rules Become Law

Kentucky’s new law to allow for the direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping of wine, beer and spirits by producers became law on April 7, 2020. The effective date of the law is yet to be determined, as it will be 90 days from the date the legislature officially adjourns, which is expected to happen sometime next week. […]

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States Enforce DTC Rules

The continued growth of the direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales channel means that states will continue to make DTC shipping laws a priority for enforcement in 2020. An increasing number of states are investigating DTC shipments and conducting compliance checks on direct shipper permit holders and common carriers. Wineries that ship directly to consumers outside of California […]

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New DTC Reporting Requirements in New Hampshire & Kansas

NEW HAMPSHIRE The State of New Hampshire has amended its rules relating to direct shipment to require any direct shipper permittee that uses the services of a fulfillment house to ship wine directly to NH consumers to include the name and address of the fulfillment house on their monthly report. In addition, direct shippers must […]

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Local Sales Tax Reporting Changes in Tennessee

Beginning Oct. 1, 2019, wineries that hold a Tennessee Direct Wine Shipper license will no longer have the option to collect and remit the local sales tax at a standard 2.25% local rate. For sales that occur on or after Oct. 1, 2019, out-of-state sellers, including wineries, must apply the specific sales tax rate of […]

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Texas & Nebraska Audit DTC Permit Holders

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) announced that it will begin conducting audits of Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper’s permit holders on Sept. 1, 2019 to ensure permittees are in compliance with Texas’ direct-to-consumer law and regulations. While audits are generally conducted at random, permit holders with a history of receiving violations or complaints are more […]

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ABC Advisory on Wine Club Renewals

The California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) issued an Industry Advisory outlining the legal requirements applied to “automatic renewal offers” for wine clubs and similar alcohol beverage subscription services. The Industry Advisory is intended to be informational and to make ABC licensees aware of the legal requirements concerning renewals. An “automatic renewal offer” is a plan […]

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Colorado Sales Tax Changes for Out-of-State Retailers

Members are reminded that the grace period the Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) extended to out-of-state retailers to comply with new sales tax collection rules ends on May 31, 2019. Starting, June 1, 2019, out-of-state retailers, including wineries, with substantial nexus must collect and remit Colorado state sales tax and state-collected local and special district […]

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