Wisconsin Amends Requirements for DTC Permittees

In late May, Wine Institute learned that Wisconsin was delaying the issuance of new DTC shipper permits and renewals for California wineries.  The delay was based on concerns regarding a statutory requirement that out-of-state direct wine shippers, also considered corporations or LLCs, appoint an agent who is a Wisconsin resident with authority and control over […]

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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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Wisconsin Direct Wine Shipper Applications Available

On October 1, 2008 the legislation replacing Wisconsin’s reciprocity law with a permit system for the sale and shipment of wine directly from wineries will become effective. Under the new law, the volume limit will increase from three cases per person per year to 12 cases per person per year. A Wisconsin consumer may receive […]

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Wisconsin Expands Case Limit for Direct-to-Consumer Shipping

Wisconsin Governor James Doyle signed SB-485, the direct-to-consumer shipping bill, yesterday, March 13, 2008. The bill provides for the direct-to-consumer shipping of 12 cases per person per year (an increase over the 3-case annual limit in the reciprocity law that is being replaced). The cost of the permit is $100 per year and the bill […]

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