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 York Announces New Price Posting System

The New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) has unveiled a new online price posting system that is intended to provide a more user friendly format for manufacturers and wholesalers in completing these filings. Both the new and old price posting systems will remain available for use until April 7, 2014 when the May 2014 retail […]

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NY Extends Duration of DTC Permits

The New York State Liquor Authority announced that the duration of Out-of-State Direct Wine Shipper licenses will change from 1 to 3 years beginning January 1, 2013. The State Liquor Authority decided to extend the duration of wine licenses from 1 to 3 years in order to lessen the amount of time wine licensees must […]

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New York Reduces DTC Reporting Requirements

Direct-to-consumer wine shippers are no longer required to submit shipping reports to the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA). Legislation eliminating the semi-annual direct shipper’s reports became effective on October 20, 2011 making the reporting process more efficient and easier for wineries to comply with. Wineries should continue to maintain records showing the total amount […]

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Annual Filing Option Now Available for Direct Shippers in New York!

New York has recently amended its alcohol beverage tax regulations to allow certain wine distributors to file Form MT-40 (Wine Tax Return) on an annual basis rather than a monthly basis. Out-of-State wineries must be licensed by the NY State Liquor Authority as a direct shipper and submit the “Application for Annual Tax Return Filing […]

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New York Excise Tax form MT-40 Updated to Reflect New Rates

The New York State Department of Tax and Finance issued a notice on June 18, 2009 informing wine distributors and wineries with direct-to-consumer shipping permits not to file the Monthly Excise Tax Return form MT-40 with a 3/06 revision date for May 2009. The form with the 3/06 revision date has the incorrect tax rates […]

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Excise Tax Changes in NY and ND

The wine excise tax rate in New York will increase on May 1, 2009 from $0.1893 per gallon to $0.30 per gallon. Wine Institute was part of a coalition of industry members that actively opposed the NY Governor’s proposal for a wine excise tax and demonstrated the detrimental effects an excise tax increase would have […]

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