It’s been a busy couple of weeks regarding regulatory issues, with both a major case coming from the Supreme Court that will impact all of eCommerce, and tariffs coming into effect against U.S. whiskey. On top of this, we also look at the fallout from the vote on Napa’s Measure C, a panel at the Vineyards Economics Symposium asks if it’s better to buy the whole vineyard or just the grapes, and Texas innovators look to bring regional-specific corn stock to whiskey producers.
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Sovos’ Technology Partner Manager, Curry Wilson, will be speaking at two events at the end of June on compliance issues and how you can use technology to create best practices for your winery wine expanding your DtC footprints. Other industry experts will also be presenting, so there is sure to be much for everyone to learn.
If you’re in the region, please consider attending. For more information, click below:
June 27th: Santa Barbara at Bridlewood Estate Winery
June 28th: Paso Roblas at Paso Robles Inn
Supreme Court Rules That States May Tax eCommerce: What Does This Mean For DtC Wine Sales? | In a highly anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that states may require online sellers to collect and remit sales tax regardless of where the seller is based. ShipCompliant
American Whiskey Makers Face Dreaded Reality: Tariffs | American distilleries large and small have watched warily as the threat of tariffs from Europe ratcheted up in recent weeks. CBS News
Uncorking the Cap: Law Would Make It Easier For New Jersey Drinkers to Buy Wine | Coalition of wineries, consumers and retailers cheer plan to get rid of current cap on amount of wine that can be shipped but liquor store alliance opposes the change. NJ Spotlight
The Alcohol Industry Gathers In Hawaii To Figure Out How To Enforce the US “Highly Archaic Regulatory Scheme” | Hawaii, with its surreal landscape, is a very fitting meeting place for NCSLA because the United States system of alcohol regulation is also undergoing geologic change and facing its own elves versus orcs moments. Booze Rules Blog
Examining The Fallout From Napa’s Measure C | After a tough battle, Liza B. Zimmerman looks at why Napa Valley’s agricultural bill didn’t pass. Wine-searcher.com
Should Wineries Acquire Vineyards Instead Of Buying Fruit On the Open Market? | Speakers address trends during Vineyard Economics Symposium; Jan Krupp speaks on the sales of Stagecoach. Wine Business
MillerCoors and Pabst Brewing’s Bitter Legal Battle Is Headed To Trial In November | The center of the dispute is a decades-old agreement under which Miller Coords brewers all of Pabst’s legacy beers, including Pabst Blue Ribbon. CNBC
Wine Distributors Not Protected By Fair Dealership Law | In an unusual certification from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled (4-3) that “dealerships” with wine distributors are not protected by the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law. Wisconsin Bar
Women Represent Big Opportunity For Beer Industry | Beer companies haven’t effectively marketed to women, and they’re leaving a lot of opportunity for increased sales on the table, according to Bridget Brennan, CEO of Chicago-based consulting group the Female Factor. Brewbound
Examining America’s Emerging Wine Regions | From the midwest to the southwest, winemakers are experimenting in new terroirs. SevenFifty Daily
Field Of Dreams: Texas Project Seeks New Corn Strains For Whiskey | A master distiller and a crop scientist who specialities in corn breeding are working on a project they hope one day will help bring local identities to American whiskeys. Reuters
“It’s Hip To Love Hops!” | Five consumer trends in craft beer. Beverage Daily
Rethinking the Role Of Wine Festivals In The Age Of Yelp And Instagram | Whether we sell them much wine this time around or not, festivals are part of the marketing of our region, and that investment is a long-term play. Tablas Creek Blog
Storing Wine On Its Side Is Nonsense, Says Scientist | Storing wine on its side won’t prevent corks drying out, and may even accelerate their degeneration, according to Amorim’s director of R&D, Dr. Miguel Cabral. Drinks Business