Weekly Roundup | Beer Barrel Tax Proposal, 2016 DtC Wine Stats, and Winery Marketing Tips

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Today’s roundup covers West Virginia’s barrel tax proposal, retail opportunities for brewery licensees under Oregon’s new law, and ShipCompliant’s 11th Annual DIRECT Conference Lineup. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in the comments. Have a great week!

LegislativeUpdate

Oregon Retail Sales Expansion Signed Into Law | House Bill 4053 seeks to expand retail opportunities for brewery licensees. Brewers Association

Wine Country Congressmen Introduce Bill to Reduce Wine Excise Taxes | This week we see another bill introduced that would lower federal excise taxes for wine. WineAmerica

TTB Weekly Newsletter | This week’s TTB Newsletter includes security updates to the TTB website, hints and tips to completing common tasks and reporting required information, and due dates for operational report fillings. TTB

IndustryUp

DIRECT Sponsors & Exhibitors Update | The lineup for sponsors and exhibitors at ShipCompliant’s 11th annual DIRECT Conference is here! ShipCompliant

WV Barrel Tax Would Double Under Proposal | House Bill 4701 provides a doubling of the current barrel tax on nonintoxicating beer to $11.00. Brewers Association

DtC Shipments Climb 12%; Total Wine Sales up 4% | 2016 is off to a great start and continued wine sales growth looks promising. Wines&Vines

DontMissOut

Grape Expectations: 5 SMS Marketing Tips Designed to Juice Your Winery’s Sales | Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, and for many these devices are a key entry point to the online world. ShipCompliant

Foothills Vineyards Guard Against Frost | With the last freeze approaching, Jackson Starr, winemaker/ vineyard manager, shares his frost-protection prevention secrets. Wines&Vines

JustFun

Clinton Takes Credit for Making Wine Ice Cream a Thing | In light of the primaries and the battle for millennial votes, Clinton shares her part in the creation of wine ice cream. VanityFair

How to Pair Wine With Cheese | Here are some rules of thumb when it comes to pairing your red in whites with your favorite cheeses. Pasadena Star-News

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