We’re now only a couple weeks away from the annual GCS: Wine Summit (which many of you may have known as the DIRECT conference); checkout the fantastic lineup of speakers and presentations we have in store below, and if you haven’t registered do so now! For the rest of this week’s roundup, a bill containing new DtC rules (along with a lot else) fails to pass in Alaska, why Gen Xers, not Millennials, should get the marketing love, and fermented tree bark could be a thing soon.
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GCS: Wine Summit, our annual wine industry conference is coming up! This year, we’ll be hosting the event at the Napa Valley Marriott on May 31, with panels on the state of DtC wine sales and how to expand your three-tier distribution footprint. Sign up here!
GCS: Wine Summit: Speakers, Sessions, and Keynotes | A preview of what you can anticipate at the upcoming GCS: Wine Summit. Register today!
Liquor Commission Decried By Group For “Gangster Tactics” Over Barring Mail-Order Wine Shipments to NH Customers | Citing a statutory ability to “protect its revenue,” the New Hampshire Liquor COmmission has denied permits for brick-and-mortar retailers shipping wine to customers in New Hampshire, a move the National Association of Wine Retailers calls “gangster tactics.” Union Leader
Small Wineries Hoping For Tax Cuts Face Massive Tax Hikes Instead | Last year’s big tax bill included excise-tax cuts for American wineries, but an error means many now face a potential tax hike. Wine Spectator
Bill To Revise Alaska Alcohol Laws Dies In Dispute Between Bars, Brewers | A wide-ranging overhaul of the state’s alcohol laws essentially died Thursday when its author withdrew it from committee following public outcry over a House amendment that would have cut brewery and distillery serving sized by one-third. News Miner
Understanding The Legal Issues Around Cannabis-Infused Alcoholic Drinks | An industry lawyer discusses what brands need to know about using cannabis, CBD, THC, and hemp derivatives. SevenFifty Daily
The Experts Say Wine Marketing Should Focus On Generation X | The real prize for wine may be the generation in between, so-called Generation X, those in their 40s and 50s. Forbes
Concern Over Accurate Labeling Grows | US trade agencies and marketers says consumer education depends on more precise labels. Wine-Searcher.com
Wine Experts Warn Of Growing Anti-Alcohol Sentiment And Aging Boomers | Concerns for the future marked industry insights coming from the North Bay Business Journal’s 18th annual Wine Industry Conference. North Bay Business Journal
Wait For It | When done right, limited releases can lead to an enthusiastic line outside your door — but there are pitfalls. Spirited
Four Design-Driven Trends Sweeping The Adult Beverage Category | In an environment with an ever growing roster of choice, alcoholic beverage manufacturers are steadily being reminded that appearances matter. Nielsen
Colorado Is Home To Some Of The Country’s Best Wines | Parts of the terrain are even said to resemble Provence. Westword
The Bottle That Changed My Life | Somms and beverage directors share their most revelatory wine moments. SevenFifty Daily
Japanese Scientists Can Make Alcohol From Wood | With an alcoholic strength similar to the popular rice-wine sake, the wood-based booze could hit shelves within three years. Sky News
Exploring The Diverse Range Of New Gins | Distillers discuss their growing portfolios–and their motivations for producing multiple styles. SevenFifty Daily