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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Applications for Authorization to Ship to MT Consumers Available

The applications for authorization for a winery to ship “table wine” directly to consumers in Montana are now available on the Montana Department of Revenue and Wine Institute websites. Effective, October 1, 2013 wineries holding a Direct Shipment Endorsement can ship up to 18 nine-liter cases of “table wine” to a Montana consumer during the […]

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Montana Enacts Workable Direct Shipping Law

Montana is replacing its flawed connoisseurs license with a permit law. HB 402, effective October 1, 2013, permits any out-of-state winery “registered” in Montana to obtain a Direct Shipment Endorsement to sell and ship up to 18 nine-liter cases of wine annually to an individual in Montana who is at least 21 years of age. […]

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Montana Reviews Direct Shipping Laws

Wine Institute representatives recently met with Dan Bucks, the Director of the Montana Department of Revenue and Shauna Helfert, the new Administrator of the Liquor Control Division of the DOR. They raised concerns regarding recent reports of Montana retailers purchasing wine directly from out-of-state wineries, which is currently not permissible under Montana law. They noted […]

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