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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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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Maine Implements New Container Redemption Program Rule

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) new rule for the Beverage Container Redemption Program became effective on May 8, 2017. Under the new rule only one distributor is permitted to register product labels of the same brand and act as the Initiator of Deposit (IoD). Therefore, a winery who sells product labels of the […]

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New Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Requirements in Maine

Wineries licensed to ship to Maine consumers now have fewer reports to file each year. Maine recently amended its direct-to-consumer law to require that direct shippers file excise tax returns and shipment reports once a year. Unlike the quarterly reporting periods which were based on the calendar year, the annual reporting period corresponds to the […]

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Maine Applications Available

The direct shipping applications for Maine are now available on the Wine Institute website. The direct shipping permit allows wineries to ship up to 12 nine liter cases of wine to a recipient’s address each year. The Department of Public Safety, Liquor Licensing and Inspection Division has confirmed that there are no prohibited shipping areas […]

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Maine Direct Shipping Application Update

The Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement has indicated that direct shipping license applications will be available on September 12, 2009, the same day the direct shipping law becomes effective. Wineries should contact Lori Nolette, the contact for liquor licensing and compliance at the Bureau, for a copy of the application once it becomes available. The […]

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Tennessee and Maine Allow Direct-To-Consumer Shipments

Governor Bredesen of Tennessee signed Senate Bill 166 on June 5, 2009 making it possible for wineries to obtain permits to ship wine directly to Tennessee consumers beginning July 1, 2009. There is a one time non-refundable fee of $300 to submit the permit application to the Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission for review. Once the […]

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