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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Pennsylvania Simplifies DTC Reporting

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) continues to simplify its reporting requirements for Direct Wine Shippers. Effective immediately, Direct Wine Shippers are no longer required to complete quarterly reports by ZIP code, either for the current reporting period or for past reporting periods. The PLCB is working to remove the ZIP code reporting requirement from […]

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PLCB Improves DTC Reporting Interface

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) completed its update to the direct wine shipment reporting interface in PLCB + making the reporting process more efficient and easier for wineries. Direct wine shippers now have the option to upload data using a PLCB-provided excel template, rather than manually enter sales data for each direct shipment to […]

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Pennsylvania Issues New DTC Advisory

On Nov. 1 the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) issued Advisory Notice No. 23, to clarify the requirements of direct-to-consumer wine shipper licensees under Act 39 of 2016. The Advisory supplements the FAQ previously issued by PLCB. Requirements:  All wine shipped must be produced (not just owned) by the licensed wine shipper; Licensees must file […]

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Successful Start for Pennsylvania Direct-to-Consumer Program

Pennsylvania’s direct wine shipping program is off to a strong start. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has approved 375 direct wine shipper (DWS) licenses since they began accepting applications in early August. Licensees may ship up to 36 cases of their own wine to a Pennsylvania resident each calendar year. Prior to shipping any […]

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Pennsylvania Launches Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Program

On Aug. 8, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board began accepting requests for various new licenses and permits authorized under Act 39 of 2016, which became effective on that date. Requests for direct wine shipper licenses, wine expanded permits and other licenses may now be submitted through PLCB+, a new online licensing platform introduced earlier this […]

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PA Becomes the 44th State — and Largest New Market — to Open to DTC

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed H 1690 (Turzai) on June 8, 2016, making the state the 44th to allow direct-to-consumer (DTC) wine shipping and opening up the 12th largest U.S. wine market — and last remaining large state — to DTC shipments. Wineries that obtain a DTC shipping permit will be allowed to ship up […]

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