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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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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No More Dry Towns in Connecticut, Only Two in New Hampshire

Towns in Connecticut and New Hampshire have approved alcohol sales, increasing consumer access to direct wine shipments. Last fall voters in Bridgewater, the last dry town in Connecticut, repealed the ban on alcohol sales that had been in effect since the 1930’s. With the alcohol ban no longer an issue, licensed direct shippers can ship […]

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Connecticut Launches Electronic Filing of Price Postings

On September 1, 2007 the Connecticut Division of Liquor Control launched its program for the electronic filing of Price Postings. Suppliers, Wholesalers and Out-of-State Shippers and Manufacturer permit holders must set up an account in order to file prices electronically. Accounts can be created by visiting the Division of Liquor Control’s website http://www.biznet.ct.gov/DCP_LiquorControl. To ensure […]

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Clarifications of Direct Shipping Laws

The enforcement and interpretation of various state laws for direct-to-consumer wine shipments continue to evolve. Following are four recent changes and rule clarifications members should be aware of. Connecticut: Wineries of any size are eligible to apply for an Out-of- State Shippers Permit in CT. The cost of the permit is $250 and there is […]

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