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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Michigan Continues to Actively Enforce DTC Law

Members are reminded that the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is actively conducting sting operations and wineries should review their procedures to ensure compliance with Michigan’s direct-to-consumer (DTC) law. Specifically, direct shippers must verify that the person placing the order is at least 21 years of age by either obtaining a copy of the purchaser’s […]

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Michigan Removes Onerous DTC Label & Packaging Requirements

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation (SB 1088) into law on Jan. 9, 2017, which included amendments that Wine Institute supported that will remove onerous labeling and packaging requirements for winery direct-to-consumer shipments. When SB 1088 takes effect on March 29, 2017, wineries shipping into Michigan will no longer be required to include their Michigan […]

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