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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New Reporting Requirement in Maryland

Maryland allows wineries, but not retail licensees, to direct ship to Maryland consumers only those wines that the wineries produce. Effective July 1, 2017, Maryland will begin requiring all wineries, at the time of licensure or renewal, to identify those wine brands produced by the winery that they intend to ship direct to consumers in […]

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Streamlined DTC Reporting Schedules Coming in Iowa and Maryland

Legislation that will reduce the number of reports and tax filings for DTC shippers has been signed by the Governors of Iowa and Maryland. On July 1, 2015, Iowa will transition from a monthly reporting state to a semi-annual reporting state. In the future, wine DTC licensees in Iowa will be required to make their […]

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Compliance Update for Wineries Shipping to Maryland Consumers

IF YOU DIRECT SHIP INTO MARYLAND: Maryland may still be working out some kinks in the sales tax collection component of their direct wine shippers program. Some wineries may have incorrectly received a notice that their sales tax payments should be made monthly rather than making the quarterly payments required under the DTC shipping law. […]

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Maryland DTC Reports

The Maryland Direct Wine Shipper Quarterly Report Form was first made available on October 5, 2011. The Comptroller’s office recognized that the late publication date left little time for wineries to comply with the October 10th filing deadline and has extended the due date for the reporting period of July, August and September to November […]

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FedEx Services Expand to Maryland

Wineries participating in the Wine Institute-FedEx Affinity program should note that FedEx is now servicing Maryland. Both FedEx Ground and FedEx Express have been approved to deliver wine to consumers in Maryland provided the wine is shipped by a winery with a valid Maryland direct wine shipper’s permit. Members of Wine Institute enrolled in the […]

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Maryland DTC Permit Applications Available

The Maryland Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit application is now available on the Wine Institute website, along with a Checklist of the forms and documents that must be submitted to the Comptroller’s office with the completed permit application. Maryland’s new direct-to-consumer wine shipping legislation takes effect on July 1, 2011. In order to begin shipping on […]

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Maryland Opens for Direct Shipping

On May 10, 2011 Governor O’Malley signed direct shipping bills HB 1175 (Barkley) and SB 248 (Raskin), identical bills, opening the way for wineries to ship to Maryland consumers. The legislation establishes a direct wine shipper’s permit to be issued by the Department of the Comptroller. Wineries with an approved permit may ship up to […]

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