This week in the roundup, support to make permanent reduced federal tax rates for alcohol producers gains support in the Senate, Gallup finds wine and liquor tied in popularity behind beer, and new devices can better predict wine grapes are ripe for picking.
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Regulatory News and Discussions
TTB Newsletter | This week’s top news includes information about the new conditionally approved status in COLAs Online, and we are looking to fill an investigator position. TTB
Texas Announces Upcoming Audits of DtC Wine Shippers | The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) has announced that it will conduct audits of Out-of-State Winery Direct Shipper permit holders beginning on September 1, 2019. ShipCompliant by Sovos
Senate Finance Committee Report Says Tax Cuts for Alcoholic Beverages Should be Extended | The temporary provisions alcohol tax cuts approved in December 2017 should be made permanent, according to a report from the US Senate Finance Committee released this week. Wine Business
The Latest Casualty of Trump’s Trade War With China? California Wine | For wine, taxes and tariffs now amount to a 93% surcharge on every U.S. bottle. LA Times
District Judge Rules Alcohol-Distribution Law Changes Unconstitutional | Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince ruled that the alcohol-distribution law, Senate Bill 608, is unconstitutional. News on 6
A LIttle Wine Causes the State of Mississippi to do Some Funny Things | The state has decided that it can control legal matters beyond its borders and reach into another state to pursue legal liability. Irish Liquor Lawyer
When Will the Supreme Court Wine Shipping Ruling Take Effect? | In the wake of the highly anticipated Supreme Court decision, about interstate wine shipping within the United States, the verdict is still out as to when—or if—wine retailers may actually start selling wine over instate borders. Decanter
Industry Updates: Market Conditions and Developments
Liquor Ties Wine as Second-Favorite Adult Beverage in U.S. | Beer continues to be the alcoholic beverage U.S. drinkers say they drink most often; but, for the first time in Gallup trends, liquor essentially ties wine in second place. Gallup
Steps Napa Wineries Can Take to Address Climate Change | Winemaker Dan Pertoski and other wine industry experts discuss research on what can be done now to preserve Napa Valley. SevenFifty Daily
The End of Cabernet in Napa Valley? | Napa wineries are confronting climate change by planting new experimental vineyards — without the region’s lifeblood, Cabernet Sauvignon. San Francisco Chronicle
Amazon Plans New Wine Store | The online retailer is looking to strengthen its physical presence in the marketplace. Wine-searcher.com
What Drinks Companies Need to Know About Investing in Cannabis | Wine & Weed Symposium panelists explore the challenges of the growing industry—and the opportunities it represents. SevenFifty Daily
US Remains “Most Attractive” Wine Market, According to New Report | The US has again topped the list as the most attractive wine market in the world, though the sustained volume growth of the past decade has largely subsided, according to Wine Intelligence’s Global Compass 2019 report. Harpers
A New Way to Determine When to Pick Grapes | Hand-held device reads color accumulation in berry skins. Wine Business
Can You Make Whisky in Just 24 Hours? | A key ingredient of great whisky is time, lots of it. But a US distillery is questioning that notion by making its whiskey in just 24 hours. BBC
Canned Wine: The Great White Hype | In times of fake news and inconvenient truths, it’s nice to be able to rely on research. Wine-searcher.com
Bottles Are only the Start of a Wine Drinker’s Collection. It’s the Gadgets That Pile Up | You can spend a lot of money on wine accessories, and not just those that fit in your kitchen drawer. Washington Post
Designing Wine Labels That Connect | Each package has to have a compelling story, a true story if possible. Wine Business