Last week, on Thursday night, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Tennessee Wine & Spirits v. Byrd Clayton, causing the beverage alcohol regulation community into a tizzy. Though the case has the potential to mix up years of three-tier jurisprudence (particularly whether retailers can equally participate in the DtC shipping market), these are still early days and the Court has a habit of upset people’s expectations. So while we will be paying close attention to this case, we would recommend everyone not panic anytime soon. For now, we’ll provide you all with a measured overview of the case provided by the Alcohol Law Advisor blog.
In other news for this week’s Roundup, wineries are facing added pressure from Chinese tariffs, the beer industry discusses where it can find growth in the future, and American saké is coming into its own.
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Regulatory News and Discussions
US Supreme Court To Review State Residency Requirements | The “final word” may be in sight in a long-running dispute over state residency requirements imposed on applicants for retail alcohol beverage licenses. Alcohol Law Advisor
Wine Industry Frets Over Additional Chinese Tariffs | Added duties that took effect this week raise the total tariff rate for California wines to 79 percent. Western Farm Press
Major Changes To Beer Wholesaler Operations in California | Governor Brown approved a bill on September 19, 2018, that will impose a range of significant new restrictions on California-licensed beer wholesalers. Alcohol.law
Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing Contributions of American Viticultural Areas | Builds upon global industry efforts to promote awareness of and appreciation for protecting all wine region names worldwide. Wine Industry Advisor
What You Need To Know About the GDPR | How U.S. beverage alcohol companies can comply with new EU privacy regulations. SevenFifty Daily
Industry Updates: Market Conditions and Developments
Wine Market Up 3% In Volume, 4% in Value | Gomberg Fredrikson paints picture of growth in first six months of 2018. Wines&Vines
Dogfish, Mike’s, and Yuengling Execs Address Industry Challenges at NBWA Meeting | The faster beer companies embrace segments that are connecting with consumers, the quicker the overall industry can return to growth. Brewbound
Wine Industry Faces Changing Market, Economy | At Wine Industry Financial Symposium CFOs expect recession and grape brokers see large 2018 harvest. Wines&Vines
2017 Oregon Vineyard and Winery Report Released | Oregon added 44 more wineries last year, with planted acreage and exports at all-time highs and sales volume up 16%, far outpacing the wine catofoy’s national growth rate of 1.6%. Wine Industry Advisor
Don’t Judge a Wine By Its Label | Some labels seem as if their main purpose is to deceive. Press Democrat
China’s Wine Industry Gets Serious | It’s well known for its taste for international wines, but China’s domestic scene is growing too. Wine-searcher.com
American Saké Takes Flight | Thanks to a combination of limited options and consumer confusion about the category, until recently, finding a decent selection of Japanese saké statewide has been a challenge. Imbibe
Deer Blood Liqueur, and Six Other Urban Legends in Booze History | There are many legends associate with alcohol throughout history. VinePair