Kentucky Improves DTC Law

The Kentucky General Assembly has passed, and the Governor has signed, HB 415. The new law was enacted in order to correct flaws in the original DTC law, and to undo various effects of regulations that had been adopted to implement the original law. Of primary consequence is the explicit authorization of the use of […]

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Kentucky Launches DTC Shipping Program

On Dec. 14, the Kentucky legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Licensing, Occupations, and Administration Regulations approved the final Direct Shipping Administrative Regulation allowing the Kentucky ABC to process requests for Direct Shipper Licenses authorized under legislation (HB 415) enacted earlier this year.  While Kentucky’s new law allowing for the direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping of wine, beer […]

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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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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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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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Kentucky Passes On-site DTC Shipping Bill, Leaving Key Issues Unresolved

HB 400, a Kentucky bill allowing limited direct-to-consumer spirits and wine shipments, has been signed by the state’s governor and is effective immediately. However, important issues remain unresolved and shipping to Kentucky is not advisable. As it stands, the bill allows for: Shipping of up to four cases of wine per day for purchases made […]

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Kentucky Court Ruling May Eventually Change Rules

The U.S. District Court in Louisville, Kentucky has entered a non-final order in Maxwell’s Pic-Pac, Inc. v. Dehner. The issue in the case was the constitutionality of Kentucky’s statutory and regulatory framework prohibiting the licensing of food stores to sell spirits and wine. The fact that Kentucky has, essentially since the end of prohibition, allowed […]

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