March is here, and spring is right around the corner — at least, hopefully. It’s been mighty cold across the country recently, with lots of snow and cold rain to remind us that it’s definitely still winter. Until the weather warms up, at least there’s the Roundup to keep things hot!
This week we look at a bill to expand direct-to-consumer shipping of wine in Kentucky and how the state’s bourbon industry feels left out, the Silicon Valley Bank’s annual direct to consumer survey is open — something we recommend everyone to respond to — and scientists say that today’s beer might be tomorrow’s cannabis products.
In case you haven’t heard, the 2019 DtC Report has been published. Download your copy here.
Thanks for reading the Roundup this week. As ever, be sure to check out the rest of the ShipCompliant blog for regular updates, and we’ll see you again in another couple weeks.
Regulatory News and Discussions
TTB Newsletter | This week’s top news includes a reminder to use the correct address when mailing excise tax returns and payment to avoid potential penalties and interest, and we’ve added five new grape varieties to the list of names granted administrative approval for use on American wine. TTB
Wine vs. Bourbon | Kentucky distillers say the direct-to-consumer shipping bill that helps wine industry isn’t fair. WDRB
Oregon May Soon Tighten Its Wine Law for Wines Produced or Bottled in Other States | The proposed bill seeks to tighten the gap and to demand more transparency in wine labeling. On Reserve
Total Wine Loses Appeal to Overturn Connecticut Minimum Pricing Laws | The U.S. second circuit ruled in favor of Connecticut’s alcohol pricing laws, saying they did not violate antitrust laws set down by the 1890 Sherman Act. The Drinks Business
Senate Leader Kills Her Own Bill in an Hour | The measure, Senate Bill 127, would have prohibited out-of-state retailers from shipping alcohol to customers in New Mexico. Santa Fe New Mexican
New Legislation Filed After Report Suggests Ways to Modernize N.C. Alcohol Management | The findings showed that if North Carolina decided to change how it controls liquor sales, major modifications would be necessary, and would also have financial implications for state and local government revenues. Daily Tar Heel
Industry Updates: Market Conditions and Developments
FedEx Hold-at-Location Option and the Wine Industry | Delivery option at point-of-purchase may benefit wine sales and consumer retention. Wine Business
The SVB Annual Direct to Consumer Survey is Open | Today more than ever, the wine industry needs to be more strategic and proactive in its direct-to-consumer strategy and execution. SVB on Wine
Wineries Need Better Customer Experience | Producers need to maximize the visitor experience if they want to woo consumers. Wine-searcher.com
Downtown California Wine Country Tasting Rooms Help Rural Vintners Get Noticed | A recent report on the health of the premium wine business raised eyebrows with survey results that suggest smaller-scale vintners that have been relying on tasting rooms and clubs to drive direct-to-consumer sales growth should rethink that strategy. North Bay Business Journal
The Changing Face of Luxury Wine | What defines a “luxury” wine? A recent study investigates the relative desirability of thousands of wines. Wine-searcher.com
How the Wine Industry Can Capture the Attention of Generation X | In opinion pieces, the wine industry is chastised for failing to capture millennials’ attention and is offered advice on how to woo them back, and from outward appearances it seems that Gen X, currently aged 38 to 53 years old, are being ignored. Forbes
Dear Whiskey Brands, Please Stop Using Corks | A columnist’s case for why whiskey bottles should never be sealed with a cork cap. The Daily Beast
The Lucky Break That Launched a Wine Revolution | If it wasn’t for White Zinfandel, we would not have these old Zinfandel vines to make delicious wines from today. Forbes
Scientists Brew Cannabis Using Hacked Beer Yeast | Researchers modify microbe to manufacture cannabis compounds including the psychoactive chemical THC. Nature
Why Some Distillers Are Creating Foraged Spirits | Among the benefits, wild ingredients infuse products with unique flavors and a sense of place. SevenFifty Daily