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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Impact of U.S. Supreme Court’s Sales Tax Ruling on DTC Wine Shipping

On June 21, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Wayfair v. South Dakota that states may require online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes even if those retailers do not have a physical presence in that state. This ruling marks a victory for states, which can now tax remote sellers. Each state will […]

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Florida Introduces Online System for Brand Registrations

It was announced by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Charlie Liem that beginning April 17th*, a new online instant processing system for brand registrations will be available on the Florida Alcohol Beverage & Tobacco (AB&T) website shortening wait times from 80 days to 2 minutes. The new software will pull federal […]

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Wholesaler Efforts to Curb Florida Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Fail

The Florida Legislature has concluded its regular business for the year without making any changes to the direct to consumer shipping environment. After another bruising battle with the distributors over their attempts to limit direct shipping to wineries producing or selling less than 250K gallons, all efforts to pass free standing legislation, or amend various […]

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