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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South Dakota New Direct Shipment Report

The South Dakota Department of Revenue has released a new version of its Direct Shipment Report which now includes a column for the common carrier tracking number to be included for each shipment. Wineries can download the new Direct Shipment Report Template prepared by the Department from the Wine Institute website (located on the South […]

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April 15 Deadline for South Dakota Direct Wine Shipper Reports

Wineries that hold a South Dakota Direct Wine Shipper license are reminded that their first quarterly report must be filed with the South Dakota Department of Revenue on or before April 15. Additionally, excise and sales tax payments are due at this time. Direct shippers are required to file their reports, sales tax returns and […]

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FedEx to Begin Transporting Wine to South Dakota Consumers Jan. 15, 2016

FedEx has informed Wine Institute that, effective Jan. 15, 2016, FedEx Ground and FedEx Express will open the state of South Dakota for legal direct-to-consumer wine shipments. Per FedEx policy, all alcohol beverage shipments may only be tendered by licensed entities that have executed a FedEx Alcohol Shipping Agreement. All alcohol beverage shipments must comply […]

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South Dakota Direct-to-Consumer License Application Available

The South Dakota direct-to-consumer license application is now available. Under the provisions of the new shipping law (HB 1001), that go into effect Jan. 1, 2016, a winery with a Direct Wine Shipper license may ship up to 12 cases of wine produced under their federal basic permit to any adult consumer in South Dakota […]

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South Dakota Governor Signs Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Bill into Law

Today, Governor Dennis Daugaard signed direct-to-consumer wine shipping legislation (HB 1001) into law making South Dakota the 43rd state (as well as the District of Columbia) to allow wineries to ship directly to consumers, which was previously prohibited by law. The legislation establishes a wine direct shipper license to be issued by South Dakota’s Department […]

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