Register for the Free Virtual Texas ABC Talk

Members are invited to register to attend the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s (TABC) free virtual presentation that provides guidance for manufacturers on navigating the product registration process (formerly called label approvals) on Dec. 9 at 10:00am PST (12:00pm CT).

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Only Two Dry Localities Remain in West Virginia

Earlier this year, West Virginia passed legislation making the entire state “wet” for off-premises sales of spirits and wine, subject to certain requirements. The localities that may receive direct wine shipments are expanded as a result of this change. As of July 1, 2020, all locations in West Virginia, other than Brandonville in Preston County and the […]

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Wisconsin Amends Requirements for DTC Permittees

In late May, Wine Institute learned that Wisconsin was delaying the issuance of new DTC shipper permits and renewals for California wineries.  The delay was based on concerns regarding a statutory requirement that out-of-state direct wine shippers, also considered corporations or LLCs, appoint an agent who is a Wisconsin resident with authority and control over […]

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Louisiana Sales Tax Changes for DTC

Wine Institute has just learned that wineries that sell and ship wine directly to consumers in Louisiana may be subject to additional local sales and use tax obligations under Louisiana’s remote seller economic nexus rules. Out-of-state direct wine shipper permittees must register with the Louisiana Sales and Use Tax Commission for Remote Sellers and collect […]

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Kentucky Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Delayed

Kentucky’s new law to allow for the direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping of wine, beer and spirits by producers becomes effective on July 15. Wine Institute had hoped that the state would allow licensing and shipping to take place in parallel with the process of drafting and enacting the regulations. However, in response to Wine Institute’s direct […]

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Wineries Must Pay the Chicago Liquor Tax on DTC sales Beginning July 1, 2020

Earlier this year the Chicago City Council approved Mayor Lightfoot’s proposal to extend the city liquor tax to include remote and online sales shipped into Chicago. Prior to this change, the city liquor tax only applied to sales physically occurring in Chicago. Under the amended ordinance, any winery that ships direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales to a […]

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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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