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 Jersey Introduces Online Licensing System

On June 4, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control launched their new electronic licensing system, POSSE ABC. The POSSE system manages all types of licenses and permits, including those governing the manufacturing activities of Wine Institute members, namely wholesaler, solicitor, marketing agent and out-of-state winery licenses and permits. All current licensees will be […]

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NJ Tax Laws Impede DTC Application Process

The provisions of Senate Bill 3172 became effective on May 1, 2012 making New Jersey the 39th state open for direct-to-consumer shipping. Under the new law wineries producing up to 250,000 gallons per year are eligible to apply for an Out-Of-State Winery License that allows them to ship up to 12 nine liter cases to […]

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New Jersey Direct Shipping Bill Sent to Governor

On Monday, Jan. 9, the New Jersey Assembly voted in favor of A.4436 (identical to the senate version) which allows in- and out-of-state wineries producing less than 250,000 gallons per year to ship directly to New Jersey consumers. Specifically, the legislation establishes an Out-of-State Small Winery License that allows wineries to sell to a New […]

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New Jersey’s New Tasting Law Effective May 1, 2010

New Jersey’s new law to permit tastings of beer and spirits in retail premises takes effect on May 1, 2010. It also makes changes to the existing law that allows for wine tastings. The legislation limits the size and amounts of samples within a 24 hour period; defines tasting event, sampling and sample; sets out […]

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