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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Texas & Nebraska Audit DTC Permit Holders

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) announced that it will begin conducting audits of Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper’s permit holders on Sept. 1, 2019 to ensure permittees are in compliance with Texas’ direct-to-consumer law and regulations. While audits are generally conducted at random, permit holders with a history of receiving violations or complaints are more […]

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Texas DTC Reporting Changes Effective Jan. 1, 2019

In 2018, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) amended Rule 41.56 Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper’s Permits to require more frequent reporting by direct shipper permittees and require permittees to include the name of the common carrier and unique common carrier tracking number for each shipment on their reports. Additionally, the gallonage threshold for frequency of […]

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Texas Now Offering Online Label Approvals

Beginning June 1, 2015, TABC instituted a new on-line label approval process through their website, www.tabc.texas.gov. Before wine can be marketed in Texas, its producer must first obtain a certificate of label approval for that beverage from the TABC. Previously, applicants had to apply for the COLA using a paper form through the mail. The […]

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New Texas Label Approval Application

The Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC) has updated the label approval form for wine, as well as the forms for beer and spirits. The application for approval of labels for wine is form number C-270w (07/2014). Starting July 28, all wine label approval applications sent to the TABC must be on the new form. A […]

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Texas Removes Bond Requirement for DTC

The application procedure for a Texas direct shipper’s permit has become less burdensome. The Texas Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (TABC) has determined that it is no longer necessary or appropriate to require every Out-Of-State Direct Wine Shipper permit applicant to submit a bond with its application. As of November 15, 2012, only a direct shipper […]

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