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BevAlc Roundup | NAFTA Talks: U.S. Wants Changes To How Canada Sells Wine, Common Carriers Are Requiring Proof of DtC Licenses, and Craft Beer Inspired Candles

Today’s roundup covers US wants changes to the way Canada sells wine, common carriers respond to state scrutiny by requiring proof of DtC licenses, and craft beer inspired candles. Enjoy! ! Georgia Will Soon Join the Rest of the U.S. By Allowing Producers to Sell On Premises | On September 1, 2017, SB 85 will go […]

BevAlc Roundup | Total Wine Wins Challenge on Discount Pricing, Do Your Compliance Prep in Summer for a Productive Winter and Fall, and Craft Breweries Across the U.S. Unveil Their Beer Recipes in New Guide

July is almost over, but the roundup is in full swing, covering Total Wine’s win on discount pricing in Massachusetts, compliance prep in summer creates a productive winter and fall, and craft breweries across the U.S. unveil their beer recipes in new guide. Cheers!     Total Wine Wins Challenge on Discount Pricing | A Boston […]

Do Your Compliance Prep in Summer for a Productive Winter and Fall

It’s been a hot July, meaning stores are stocked with all the citrusy-session beers and cucumber lagers that breweries put out to slake the summer sun. As this seasonal selection gets drunk down, behind the scenes those breweries are diligently producing the spiced and pumpkin-ed beers that so reflect the fall and holiday seasons. The […]

Colorado Continues to Update Its Reporting Requirements for DtC Sales

Starting July 1, 2017, every sale made to a Colorado resident must be accompanied by a notice indicating the Colorado resident’s obligation to pay the tax due. New notice and reporting requirements for Colorado sales and use tax were set to come into effect on July 1, 2017, which could have a big impact on […]

BevAlc Roundup | Pennsylvania to Require Quarterly DTC Reporting, Craft Fights Back Against “Big Beer” With Independent Seal, and UB40 Is Now Selling Wine … Red Red Wine

Today’s roundup covers Pennsylvania’ new DTC reporting requirement, craft beer’s independent seal, and the band UB40 is now selling wine … red red wine. Have a great July 4th holiday! Pennsylvania To Require Quarterly Reporting for Winery DtC Starting July 31 | On June 7, 2017 the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) sent out notices to […]

Direct-to-Consumer Wineries Must Provide More Specifics On Wines Shipped Into Maryland

Wineries that sell direct to consumer (DtC) into Maryland will have a new requirement for new and renewed applications starting July 1, 2017. As a result of a bill signed by Governor Larry Hogan on May 4, 2017, wineries must now submit a list of every wine they intend to sell DtC. Maryland has updated its […]

Pennsylvania To Require Quarterly Reporting for Winery DtC Starting July 31

Wineries shipping direct-to-consumer must now file quarterly reports. On June 7, 2017 the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) sent out notices to Direct Wine Shipper licensees informing them of upcoming quarterly reporting requirements. Under their license, Direct Wine Shippers are required to file in the PLCB+ system quarterly reports describing their sales of wine direct to […]

BevAlc Roundup | Massachusetts Sales Tax, Wine Summit Recap, and The Next Big Beer Style

Today’s roundup covers what’s next for Massachusetts sales tax, The ShipCompliant Wine Summit recap, and the next big beer style, according to brewers. Have a great week! TTB Newsletter | Top news includes the appointment of Karen Welch as the new director of our International Affairs Division, an overview of TTB’s organizational structure, and a reminder […]

Wine Summit Re-cap: Direct-to-Consumer State Updates and Industry Trends

Change was in the air last week at the 2017 GCS-Wine Summit (formerly known as DIRECT), and not merely because it was held for the first time in the Sonoma Valley. Among all of the presentations, there was a common thread that the Direct to Consumer (DtC) wine market is maturing and facing new risks — […]

Top Questions (and Answers) From “Getting Real About DTC Shipping: Issues Wineries Need to Consider” Webinar

Alex Heckathorn and Dyana Nedra from Compliance Services of America (CSA) joined me for our recent webinar, “Getting Real About DTC Shipping.”  We discussed some of the issues wineries should consider before they launch in the Direct-to-Consumer market, including changing state regulations and the licensing process. We received some great questions from the audience and have […]

BevAlc Roundup | MA Beer Distributors Push Franchise Reform Bill at State House, 5 Tasting Room Tips to Keep your Winery in Compliance, and ShipCompliant’s 12th Annual Event

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. Today’s roundup covers Massachusetts beer distributors’ push for a franchise reform bill at the State House, five tasting room tips to keep your winery in compliance, and ShipCompliant’s 12th annual event: GCS ShipCompliant Wine Summit. As always, if you read something I missed, let me know in […]

5 Tasting Room Tips To Keep Your Winery in Compliance

By following these 5 tips, tasting room staff can be aware of their customers’ purchasing and shipping plans, and be more likely to stay in compliance with direct-to-consumer regulations. Summer is almost here. That means new vintages are hitting the shelves, and thousands of wine lovers are making plans to tour well-loved vineyards and find […]

North Dakota Clarifies Direct-To-Consumer (DtC) Wine Sales & Use Tax Requirements

North Dakota tax laws are being interpreted by the Office of State Tax Commissioner to require out-of-state direct shipper licensees to collect and remit local sales and use taxes on wine shipped to consumers in ND, in addition to the 7% state alcohol beverage gross receipts tax. A winery that has been issued a Direct […]

BevAlc Roundup | Alabama Home Wine Delivery, ShipCompliant Wine Summit, and Wild Turkey Declares it’s Non-GMO

The latest beverage alcohol industry news includes Alabama home wine delivery, ShipCompliant Wine Summit, and Wild Turkey declares it’s non-GMO. Enjoy!

BevAlc Roundup | Indiana’s Cold Beer Battle, ShipCompliant License Renewals, and Rose Forties

Happy Monday! The latest beverage alcohol industry news includes Indiana’s cold beer battle, ShipCompliant License Renewals, and rose forties. Cheers!

BevAlc Roundup | Utah Lowers DUI Threshold, Top 10 Craft Beer Producing Countries, and the Science of Fat-Washing Cocktails

Below is the latest beverage alcohol industry news, including Utah lowering its DUI threshold, top 10 craft beer producing countries, and the science of fat-washing cocktails. Enjoy!

Are You Getting a Fair Share of the DtC Pie?

Join us for this DtC webinar to get the real scoop on what’s selling, where it’s selling and how much it’s selling for. You can take note of opportunities for growth, see where your wines fit within their competitive sets, and identify wine types and price points that you should be targeting. Wine sales via […]

BevAlc Roundup | Utah Lowers DUI Threshold, Minnesota Sunday Liquor Sales, and a Beer Hotel With IPA-Filled Hot Tubs

Below is the latest beverage alcohol industry news, including Utah lowering its DUI threshold, Minnesota allowing liquor sales on Sunday, and Brewdog’s plans to build the “Disneyland” of craft beer with IPA-filled hot tubs. I hope you enjoy!

Missouri Moves to Online Filing for Direct Shippers

Missouri is set to join the paperless revolution by implementing an online platform for its tax returns. The Missouri Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) now requires all beverage alcohol suppliers required to submit excise tax and shipping reports to the state to only file online with a MoLogin account. This process has been in place for […]

BevAlc Roundup | TTB’s Bond Termination Under PATH, Q&A From “Shifting Trends in the Beer Industry” Webinar, and a Flood of Pappy Van Winkle

Today, we’ve once again brought you the latest beverage alcohol industry news. This includes the TTB’s bond termination under PATH act provisions, Q&A from “Shifting Trends in the Beer Industry” webinar, and a flood of Pappy Van Winkle. Let me know if I missed anything.

Top Questions (and Answers) from “Shifting Trends in the Beer Industry” Webinar

Bart Watson, Chief Economist at the Brewers Association, recently joined our ShipCompliant webinar to discuss trends in the beer industry. We received some great questions, which we have compiled for Bart to answer. If you are interested in viewing the full webinar, you can watch it on-demand here.   Questions and Answers   Q: Do […]

BevAlc Roundup | TTB’s Request for Comments Hard Cider Tax, Gluten Free Beer, and the First Woman in Moonshine

Today, our roundup includes TTB’s request for comments about changes to the hard cider tax rate, gluten free beer, and the first woman in the moonshine business. Enjoy!

A Record-Breaking Year for Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipments: Top Trends from 2016

For the past six years, Sovos ShipCompliant has teamed with Wines & Vines to shed light on the high growth direct-to-consumer shipping channel for wineries. Continued consumer adoption of online selling, coupled with more states allowing wine shipments, has resulted in double digit year-over-year sales and volume increases – a development that impacts wineries of all […]

[Updated] 7 Tips for Better Age Verification for Wine Shipments

As direct-to-consumer wine shipments grow in popularity, we regularly get questions about best practices for consumer age verification. We’ve covered this topic in our blog previously but with the ever-changing laws, it’s time for an update.

Wine Retailers Can Only Ship to 14 States

  Since the 2005 Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court decision addressing the interstate direct shipment of wine, the number of states allowing out-of-state wineries to ship directly to consumers has increased from 31 states to 42. The experience for licensed wine retailers (for example: brick and mortar wine shops, California Type 85 or 20 licensees […]

Report Shows Record-Breaking Year for Direct Wine Shipping

–For Immediate Release– ShipCompliant and Wines & Vines Release Annual Report Showing Value of Winery Direct Shipments Jumping 15.5% in 2014 (Boulder, COLORADO)—American wineries increased the dollar value of their direct-to-consumer shipments by an unprecedented 15.5% in 2014, with an equally record-breaking increase in the volume of those shipments. The average price per bottle of […]

Wine Labels – It’s a Family Thing

In addition to being a foundational element of society, “Family” also turns out to be an iconic marketing theme. This is perhaps no more so than in the wine industry where the “family winery” or “family estate” seems so omnipresent among wine brands.  In fact, a quick Google search for “family winery” yields 1.7M results […]

Doing Business in a Crowded Market: A Rise in Wine Labels Approved by TTB

If it appears like the United States wine market has become more saturated over the past couple of decades, here is one measurement that supports this impression: The number of wine labels approved by the Federal government. Before we dig into the details, it is important to note that many COLAs are approved without ever hitting […]

Alabama is now an available state in PRO

Alabama has joined the likes of seven other states (Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, South Dakota, North Carolina, and Washington) as the latest state to accept label registrations via Product Registration Online.  Alabama typically requires licensees to fill out and submit a Brand/ Label Registration Request form to the state ABC. Licensees using PRO […]

Don’t wait! Kansas Product Renewals are Live

It’s that time of year again; the Kansas label renewal period is upon us. Kansas has pushed the renewal period back by a month this year so licensees will be able to renew previously approved labels from June 1st through July 31st.  But, that doesn’t mean that you should procrastinate! Just like last year, Kansas […]

Product Registrations Online: Out with the Old, In with the New

In the increasingly fast pace of wine, malt and spirit law and compliance, more and more states are recognizing the importance of doing more with less, optimizing processes, and going green. Over the last two years alone, seven states have begun using PRO (Product Registration Online) to accept online label registrations from licensees. For labels […]

Arkansas DTC wine shipments can now arrive via FedEx

Effective May 1, 2014, FedEx will begin accepting on-site direct-to-consumer wine shipment orders to Arkansas residents. Both FedEx Express and FedEx Ground services will be available for wineries licensed to ship wine directly to Arkansas consumers. As we outlined in our blog post back in February, in order to be compliant, wineries must: Apply for […]

Stuff You Didn’t Know about Being a Craft Brewer (Part 2)

In the last post, I ran through some of the things you need to be think about as a brewery expanding into new markets. Let’s review: Trademark Issues Pre-COLA Product Evaluation and Certification of Label Approval (COLA) submission (especially formulation!) State brand and label registrations State permitting Entering into trade agreements with distributors I want […]

Stuff You Didn’t Know about Being a Craft Brewer (Part 1)

The craft brewing industry has seen tremendous growth in the past few years. In 2012, there were 1292 craft breweries in the US and 1,124 brewpubs, a growth rate of more than 20% over the previous year. More and more people are getting into the business of craft beer, but how many really understand what’s […]

Study on Efforts to Prevent Marketing to Minors Gives Alcohol Industry High Marks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released their fourth study on efforts to prevent marketing to minors, and the results are positive. The study shows the self-policing efforts by members of the wine, beer, and spirits industries continue to demonstrate responsible advertising. The 2014 FTC Study found a more than 93% compliance rate with industry […]

What Is A “Wine Growler”? TTB Weighs In

You may not have heard much about the subject of “Growlers” in association with wine in the past. While beer lovers are far more commonly attracted to these types of containers and their purchase, it’s just not yet that common with wine. However, with a recent ruling by TTB, “Wine Growlers” will likely be a […]

Don’t Fall Behind With Your Fortified Wine

Maine, New Mexico, and Washington are the only states that have separate excise tax rates for wine and wine fortified with spirits (Edit: Some states consider a product to be fortified if it is over a certain ABV, regardless of the addition of spirits). To date, we’ve accommodated wineries that shipped fortified products to consumers […]

Everything is bigger in Texas, including 4 month quarters and 13 month years

Texas sent out notices to all permitted out-of-state wine direct shippers that as of January 1, 2014, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is updating the filing periods for the C-240, Shippers Excise Tax Return. The notice states that permittees shipping less than 4,000 gallons annually to consumers in Texas may begin filing this return […]

Arkansas opens for wine shipments, but only for onsite sales going to private residences

Wineries may now apply for an Arkansas “Wine Shipping Permit”, making the state available to onsite direct wine shipments only for the first time. The application for the $25 license may only be obtained by calling the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division (the ABC’s number is 501-682-1105) and requesting an application be sent to the […]

Happy New Year from ShipCompliant

ShipCompliant is excited to announce the release of our 2014 cookbook. Click below to request your copy!

South Dakota Takes Wine Product Registration Online

Product renewals for 2014 in South Dakota can now be done online. South Dakota now joins Arkansas as one of the most recent states to institute on-line product registrations, continuing the trend toward digital product registration, away from the realm of pulp and fiber and into the digital space. Suppliers of wine, spirits and beer […]

Connecticut Wants You to File Sales Tax Online in 2014

Wine direct shippers doing business in Connecticut will be required to report and pay sales tax due for all filing frequencies beginning on or after January 1, 2014. This mandate affects direct wine shippers because sales tax remittance is a requirement of their direct shipping license in Connecticut. Currently most shippers file both their sales […]

Idaho Offers Less Frequent Reporting for Wine Direct Shippers

Monthly filings in 40+ states can be quite a burden, especially for suppliers who don’t have significant sales every month in every state. Idaho has recognized over the years that wine direct shippers generally do not have significant sales every month and is reaching out to licensed wine direct shippers letting them know they may […]

FedEx will (not) continue delivering wine shipments to North Dakota

Update 10/22/2013: FedEx will halt shipments to North Dakota effective immediately. Official statement from FedEx below. This communication is to confirm that FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery will cease transporting alcoholic beverages destined to an address in North Dakota effective immediately. FedEx has been unable to arrive at a solution that would […]

FedEx to Halt Shipments to North Dakota

FedEx will stop shipping wine to North Dakota, effective November 1st. Please see below for a statement from FedEx sent to Wine Institute members. Due to recent changes in North Dakota law, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery will cease transporting shipments containing alcoholic beverages to and within the state of North Dakota, […]

The COLA Conundrum

On the issue of Certificates of Label Approval (COLAs), the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is finding itself caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock is their funding, including dwindling budgets each year, and concerns over furloughs, government shutdowns, and long term sequestration given an inept and unpredictable Congress. […]

Q3 2013: Big Sales Tax Reporting Updates this October for Direct Wine Shippers

October 1 marks the end of the third calendar reporting quarter for 2013. Chances are, those responsible for remitting tax and shipment reports for the wine direct shipping part of the business are already prepping for the third major reporting month of the year. There are several notable sales tax rate and reporting changes affecting […]

Maine State Sales Tax Rates Increase Effective October 1, 2013

Effective October 1, 2013 Maine will increase the general sales tax rate from 5% to 5.5%. This state rate increase adds to the list of statewide tax changes seen this year, including but not limited to: California, Virginia, Ohio, Arkansas, and Tennessee (food only). Accompanying the rate change, filing for the tax period containing the […]

Update | Eight Companies Approved as Logistics Shippers in North Dakota

This post was updated with the addition of Safe Haven on June 2, 2016. It’s been just over a month since North Dakota implemented SB 2147, and the state has been busy processing applications for the new “Alcohol Carrier” and “Logistics Shipper” licenses required under new law. Shortly after SB 2147 became effective, both UPS […]

Is this the year for wine shipments in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania, along with Massachusetts, remains one of the two remaining key states that wineries and consumers both hope to see open for direct wine shipping. The possibility that this could be the year for direct shipping coming to the Keystone State remains quite real, depending on what happens when lawmakers return to the capital in […]

UPS and FedEx Approved as Direct-to-Consumer Alcohol Carriers in North Dakota

Following North Dakota’s implementation of SB 2147 last week, which is explained in detail here, North Dakota announced that alcohol carriers FedEx and UPS have submitted applications and are now approved for shipping direct-to-consumer orders into North Dakota through the end of the year. SB 2147 updated the existing direct shipping law with the requirement […]

Big Changes in Arkansas for Wine and Spirits Brand Registrations

Big changes regarding alcohol regulations continue to unfold for Arkansas this year with the passage of HB 1480, now Act 1105 (signed into law shortly Arkansas’ recent direct shipping bill). Act 1105 effectively changes the current wine and spirits brand registration process. Below is a table comparing the current requirements with the new requirements outlined […]

The Pac Northwest is Heating Up! Learn How to Harness the Growth

Next week, our team will be in Napa to celebrate our 8th annual DIRECT Conference. If you’ll be in the area on June 13th, we’d love for you to attend! But did you know that we’ll also be holding events in Oregon and Washington this month? It’s easy to see why hundreds of brands in […]

Sonoma County Updates, and a Cordial Invitation

Today, we would like to remind you of two things: one is a law that will affect our friends in Sonoma County this year, and the other is a cordial invitation to an industry event in the area on May 30th! Sonoma County has seen great growth over the past few years, especially in 2012. According […]

Nebraska Tightens up Existing Direct Shipping Law

LB 230 passed Nebraska’s unicameral legislature and was signed by the Governor on April 24, 2013. The new law will go into effect on September 6, 2013. Nebraska is currently open to direct shipping from wineries and retailers (although there was some debate recently as to whether retailers should qualify under the current law), with […]

Variety: The Spice of Life for Direct Shipping?

Among the most revealing facts in the new 2013 Direct Wine Shipping Report we recently released with Wines & Vines is that, given all the various types of wines produced and sold by wineries, a very select few types of wine dominate those shipped direct to the consumer. Together, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Red Blends, […]

October 1st Brings New Direct Wine Shipping Regulations to Montana

Montana House Bill 402 was signed by Governor Bullock on April 12, 2013 and creates workable direct wine shipping laws in the state. The new law, effective on October 1, 2013, will replace the flawed consumer licensing system presently in place for wine shipping in Montana. Current regulations require that out-of-state wineries ship only to […]

Does Size Matter? Absolutely, if You’re a Winery

On April 16th, ShipCompliant, together with Wines & Vines, released our 2013 Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Report, which contains a treasure trove of useful information that could change the strategy of your business. Upon its release, we shared with you that the direct shipping business is growing. If we dig a layer deeper, however, we can see […]

The 2013 Direct Shipping Report: How Will It Change Your Strategy?

Every year, ShipCompliant teams with Wines & Vines to report on the state of the direct-to-consumer wine market. The 2013 Direct Shipping Report is now available! If you are feeling antsy, feel free to click here to download the report! If you’ve got a few minutes, we’ve provided some summary highlights below. The model, built […]

NCSLA 2013 Conference Presents “COLA Changes on the Horizon”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 11, 2013 CONTACT: Pamela Frantz, Executive Director 847-721-6410 The National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, Incorporated (NCSLA) will assemble June 24-28th on the island of Oahu at the Sheraton Waikiki Resort in Honolulu, Hawaii for its 2013 annual meeting and conference. Serving as conference host is the Honolulu Liquor Commission. […]

Maryland Direct Shippers Should Still File Sales Tax Quarterly

Maryland may still be working out some kinks in the sales tax collection component of their direct wine shippers program. Some wineries may have incorrectly received a notice that their sales tax payments should be made monthly rather than making the quarterly payments required under the DTC shipping law. It seems that some vendors are […]

What to Look for in Wine Compliance in the Coming Year

As we like to do at the beginning of each year, we once again look into our crystal ball and offer you some informed prognostications as to what the world of wine direct shipping might have in store for the coming year. While we don’t see any negative trends impacting the compliance world in the […]

Texas Eases Requirement for Direct-To-Consumer Licensing

The direct shipper permit application process has just become a little easier. The Texas Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (TABC) has determined that it is no longer necessary or appropriate to require every Out-Of-State Direct Wine Shipper permit applicant to submit a bond with its application. As of November 15, 2012, the only direct shipper applicants […]

Maryland Direct Wine Shipment Report will be Important in Other States

Since 2005 when the Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court decision opened the floodgates for direct wine shipping legislation, questions about whether direct shipping would harm local businesses, would hurt tax revenue and would lead to a significant increase in minors accessing alcohol have been posed. It has been rare that these and other questions are […]

Preparation is Key for the Fast Approaching Reporting Storm

Wine shippers work hard all year and push to finish the year with a strong holiday sales season, but January doesn’t leave much time to slow down and reflect. Come January, wine shippers face an onslaught of reporting requirements that moves compliance professionals nationwide into high gear. More direct shipping reports are due in January […]

Idaho and New York Simplify Direct Shipping Permitting Processes

Idaho and New York wine direct shipper licensees can anticipate a simpler licensing process as the new year approaches. These improvements are expected to alleviate some of the burden that accompanies the amount of paperwork attributed to the licensing process. Details on these updates are outlined below. IDAHO Previously an applicant had to submit two […]

What Wineries Can Learn from the NFL

Anyone watching the NFL has probably noticed something a little different this year…the referees stink! Thanks to a labor dispute with the refs, the NFL has been using “less qualified professionals” to regulate the games. And after Monday night’s fiasco in Seattle (sorry Packers fans), it’s clear the NFL’s fan base finally put enough pressure […]

A 5-Point Checklist For Selling Through Online Wine Marketers

Editor’s Note: The following post is part of our series on the Third Party Providers The rapid emergence of online wine marketers might be the biggest innovation in wine sales over the past five years. But selling and marketing your wine through these third-party channels poses many compliance and business-related challenges. That’s why we’ve put […]

Save the Peach Trees! Alcohol Tax Filing Goes Online in Georgia

Alcohol Tax Filers who pay Georgia Excise Tax or related Georgia license fees will be required to file and renew online beginning September 2012 through the Georgia Tax Center (GTC). The Georgia Department of Revenue (GDOR) has sent out a notice stating that businesses can begin managing their alcohol tax account with the GTC and […]

Washington State Simplifies Tax Filing For Wineries

Washington now allows an optional annual filing of wine tax for wineries whose total sales into Washington are less than 6,000 gallons annually (roughly 2,500 cases). Wineries that exceed the 6,000 gallon limit, however, must continue to file monthly returns. This new allowance comes after the passage of SB 5259, a bill that passed in […]

A New COLA Form for Faster Reviews

In 2011, over 146,000 alcoholic beverage label applications were submitted to the Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), an almost 10% increase from the prior year. Yet, while the amount of label applications goes up, the resources available to the TTB for processing these applications goes down due to […]

Formalization of Wine's 'Fifth Column': Third-party Marketers

Editor’s Note: The following post is part of our series on the Third Party Providers “A compliant and effective e-commerce sales platform [is] now in place and available. There is a Fifth Column of wine sales now…The evolution and momentum of the Fifth Column of wine sales leads us to believe the genie is finally […]

The First of May Brings the First of Direct Wine Shipping to the Garden State

Spring brings more than flowers this year for supporters of direct shipping. After three and a half months of anticipation and preparation, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control posted checklists, forms and applications on their site, making S 3172 a reality for the wine industry. Effective May 1, New Jersey is accepting applications […]

Licensees should have the opportunity to accept or reject each third party wine order

Editor’s Note: The following post is part of our series on the Third Party Providers In the quickly evolving world of third party wine marketing, it’s important that marketers and licensed sellers work together in such a way that puts the licensed seller in full control of all aspects of each transaction. One of the […]

Wine Sales and Distribution 2012 – A Look Forward

In looking forward to what 2012 might bring the world of wine compliance and regulation, it is instructive to first look back at 2011. One thing we’ve learned after eight years in the world of wine compliance is that once movements gain momentum, it’s hard to slow them down. The past year demonstrated the continuation […]

Understanding the California ABC’s New Advisory for Wineries and Third Party Providers

The proliferation of “Third Party Providers” (TPP) within the wine industry has been significant over the past two years. Known otherwise as “Third Party Marketers”, “Third Party Advertising Agents” and “Marketing Agents”, they represent a new sales channel for suppliers whether in the form of “flash sales” or multiple product offer websites. However, anybody that […]

Maryland Released Direct Shipping Report Form and Extends Deadline for Quarter 3, 2011

The Maryland Comptroller’s office released its Direct Shipper Excise Tax Return form Tuesday. This is the form that licensed direct shippers submit quarterly to pay their state excise taxes and report their shipments to consumers in the state. IMPORTANTLY, the Comptroller’s office has pushed back the deadline for direct shippers to submit their 3rd Quarter […]

New Mexico Direct Shipping Applications Available Now and a Must for Wineries

The New Mexico Direct Wine Shipper Permit Application is now available on the state’s Alcohol and Gaming Division website. The state will remain reciprocal until July 1, at which time the new legislation takes effect and wineries must have a permit in order to continuing to ship wine to their New Mexico patrons. To register […]

Maryland Direct Shipping Permit Applications Available

Direct shipping applications for Maryland are now available on the Maryland Comptroller’s website. Wineries that obtain a Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit may begin shipping into Maryland as early as July 1. Once licensed, a winery may ship up to 18 cases of wine per household per year. The cost of the Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit […]

At A Glance: Get into a New York State of Mind — Direct Shipping to the Empire State

Qualified Idaho Wine Tax Return Filers May Opt for Less Frequent Filing

On November 5, 2010, Idaho State Tax Commission officials sent out a letter to qualified wine tax return filers, offering the opportunity to change their filing frequency from the mandatory monthly submission to quarterly, semi-annually or annually. “Qualified Filers” include direct shippers who report less than $600 of wine tax per quarter (approximately 186 9-liter […]

At A Glance: Arizona Direct Wine Shipments – Why Size Does Matter in the Grand Canyon State

Side Note: For suppliers interested in selling to retailers (self-distribution), Arizona law permits holders of a Domestic Farm Winery License that produce less than 20,000 gallons per year, unlimited shipments to Arizona retailers.

A Step in the Right Direction: Florida Offers Online Label Registration and Quick Approval Times

Online instant processing of Florida label registrations is now available for any supplier of alcoholic beverages. Products sold to distributors must be registered before shipping into the state, however, direct wine shipments remain exempt from registration requirements. Florida’s new system has been up and running since July 15, 2010. Suppliers who are licensed to sell […]

Ohio: State Summary

Editors note: This is the first in a series of posts we will have focused on highlighting states’ direct shipping rules and regulations.

Set Your Sights on the Hawkeye State: Get Started by Applying for a Direct Shipping License in Iowa

The direct shipping applications for Iowa are now available. As of July 1, 2010 Iowa will require wineries to obtain a direct shipping license to ship wine directly to consumers. Previously a reciprocal state, Iowa’s borders will soon be open to all wineries across the country who obtain a permit, regardless of reciprocity status with […]

New Hampshire Updates Monthly Reporting Form

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has just established a new fax line dedicated to direct shipping. Direct Shippers should fax their monthly report to the new fax number 603-271-8424 on or before the 10th of the following month. Direct Shipping Reports must be filed each month regardless of activity. Wineries with no shipments to report […]

Virginia Passes Fix-It Bill for Third Party Shippers

Wine Institute Eastern Counsel Terri Beirne has been working since July 2009 with the Virginia ABC Board, and representatives of Wine America and the Virginia wineries to resolve problems created by Virginia ABC Circular Letter 09-05. That Circular prohibited Virginia direct wine shippers from using any third-party service providers, namely fulfillment or pick and pack […]

Florida Takes Big Steps Towards Paperless Filing

Product registration in Florida is about to become a whole lot easier. Beginning April 17, Florida Alcohol Beverage & Tobacco (AB&T) will introduce a new online processing system that will shorten wait times for product registration approvals from 80 days to 2 minutes. This will significantly improve the process for wineries that distribute through traditional […]

Hidden Costs of Direct Shipping Licensing

Before jumping into a direct shipping program in a new state, wineries should consider their current prospect list, market potential, shipping difficulty and costs. When it comes to calculating start-up costs to enter a new state, there is often more than meets the eye. In addition to license fees, wineries may need to budget for […]

Notes on Wine Distribution v.32

The latest version of “Notes on Wine Distribution”, by R. Corbin Houchins, is now available. Release 32 includes updates on legislation, litigation and general discussions on available distribution channels for wine. This release includes substantial changes, including new sections on age and identity, facial neutrality, and logistical support services, as well as updates to state […]

Siesta's Over

On January 26th, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ended the puzzling status of interstate retailing in Texas created by the lower court’s decision in Siesta Village Market. The district court had ruled that out-of-state retailers had a Commerce Clause right to sell wine to Texas consumers, but only wine that had been purchased from […]

5 Tips to Ease Year-End Reporting Blues

Each January, monthly, semi-annual and annual reporting periods for direct shippers collide for a perfect report storm. This year, for wineries that ship to all available states, 69 different direct shipping and tax reports are due—53% more than the average monthly load. In 2009, direct shippers were required to submit a total of 722 direct […]

Virginia ABC Offers Interim Solutions for Wineries Shipping Through Third Party Service Providers

On November 19, Terri Beirne, Wine Institute’s Eastern Counsel, met with the Virginia ABC Board, their Director, and representatives of Wine America and the Virginia wineries to continue discussions about the July Circular Letter 09-05 prohibiting direct shippers from using any third party service providers. Despite earlier indications, the Board has no plans to issue […]

Amazon's Exit From Wine Business Shouldn't Hurt Wineries' Online Sales

The much-anticipated entrance of Amazon.com into the wine industry has come to an end before it ever got off the ground. The prospect of Amazon’s wine site sent a wave of excitement throughout the industry as small and medium sized domestic brands with limited distribution saw an opportunity to get exposure through Amazon’s enormous book […]

Maine Direct Shipping Permit Applications Available

The direct shipping applications for Maine are now available on the Wine Institute website. The direct shipping permit allows wineries to ship up to 12 nine liter cases of wine to a recipient’s address each year. The Department of Public Safety, Liquor Licensing and Inspection Division has confirmed that there are no prohibited shipping areas […]

Maine Direct Shipping Applications Update

The Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement has indicated that direct shipping license applications will be available on September 12, 2009, the same day the direct shipping law becomes effective. Wineries should contact Lori Nolette, the contact for liquor licensing and compliance at the Bureau, for a copy of the application once it becomes available. The […]

Virginia Goes Circular on Third Party Shippers

If you are licensed to ship wine into the Commonwealth of Virginia, you likely received the following letter last week from the Virginia ABC. TO: All Virginia Licensed Shippers FROM: Francis J. Monahan, Director, Bureau of Law Enforcement SUBJECT: UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICES DATE: July 22nd, 2009 In state and out of state Virginia shipper licensees may […]

Has the Price Posting Bunny Run Down?

For the fourth time in the same case, TFWS, Inc. v. Franchot, a federal Court of Appeals has told the state of Maryland and its wholesaler-package store cohort that their price posting system conflicts with the Sherman Act, the nation’s premier antitrust law. As a federal enactment, the Sherman Act preempts inconsistent state law, pursuant […]

Annual Filing Option Now Available for Direct Shippers in New York

New York has recently amended its alcohol beverage tax regulations to allow certain wine distributors to file Form MT-40 (Wine Tax Return) on an annual basis rather than a monthly basis. Out-of-State wineries must be licensed by the New York State Liquor Authority as a direct shipper and submit the “Application for Annual Tax Return […]

Tennessee Direct Shipping Applications Available – What You Need to Know

Tennessee direct shipping license applications are now available. While Tennessee officially became a Limited state on July 1, wineries cannot legally ship to this state until their direct shipping license has been approved. The application states that direct shippers may only ship to wet areas within the state; a condition that may make the state […]

Still Looking for Granholm’s Limits

Anyone hoping the intermediate appellate court reversed in Granholm had become pro-commerce would have been disappointed by the July 1st decision of the Second Circuit in Arnold’s Wines, Inc. v. Boyle. At issue was whether a state permitting its local retail licensees to ship directly to consumers might constitutionally deny out-of-state retail licensees equivalent access. […]

Details on Submitting the Kansas Special Order Shipping License Application

As of June 25th, wineries may apply for a Special Order Shipping License that allows them to ship off-site sales to Kansas consumers (on-site sales do not require a Shipping License). The initial costs for the Special Order Shipping License include a $50 license fee and a $50 registration fee. The license will be valid […]

Kansas permit applications available, Tennessee coming soon…

Late yesterday the Kansas ABC posted their applications for direct shipping on their website.  Wine producers across the country can now apply for permission to direct ship wine to Kansas consumers effective July 1, 2009. Kansas SB 212 was signed into law by Governor Kathleen Sebelius on April 10. Wineries interested in avoiding the hassle […]

Release Thirty-One of "Notes on Wine Distribution"

R. Corbin Houchins’s latest “Notes on Wine Distribution” are now available. Release 31 includes updates on legislation, litigation and general discussions on available distribution channels for wine. In addition to country-wide topics such as “Direct Shipment by Retailers” and “A Limitation of Litigation”, distribution practices are also outlined on a state-by-state basis. Numerous states have […]

Tennessee keeps the ball rolling on direct shipping

Governor Phil Bredesen signed Senate Bill 166 into law today. With the passage of the bill, Tennessee will legally open its doors to winery direct shipping on July 1, 2009. Tennessee prohibited direct shipments from out-of-state wineries long before the landmark Granholm case. Even onsite shipments of wine were disallowed when the Attorney General issued […]

Delaware Clarifies On-Site Shipping Rules

The Delaware Commissioner of Alcohol has released a letter clarifying the regulations for consumers in Delaware who wish to obtain wine from outside the State. The letter confirms that Delaware consumers are permitted to carry an unspecified amount of wine into the State on their person provided the wine is for the consumer’s personal consumption […]

When Will The Wine Industry Rebound?

Amidst lagging wine sales in 2008 and a sluggish economy, Silicon Valley Bank Wine Division founder Rob McMillan outlines critical issues facing the wine industry and growing economic and market trends in his “2009-2010 State of the Wine Industry” report. “Wine businesses across the board are being pushed to new limits in the current environment,” […]

Wine Freedom in the South? Tennessee Direct Shipping Bill Passes the Senate

Tennessee, one of 13 states that still bans direct-to-consumer shipping, took steps towards ending that association on April 13, 2009 when the Senate-approved Senate Bill 166, which allows direct shipments of wine. Currently, anyone who transports wine into Tennessee by bypassing the three-tier system is committing a felony (see Section 57-3-401.b of the Tennessee Code) […]

Excise Taxes Updates, New York Up and North Dakota Down

The wine excise tax rate in New York will increase on May 1, 2009 from $0.1893 per gallon to $0.30 per gallon. Wine Institute was part of a coalition of industry members that actively opposed the NY Governor’s proposal for a wine excise tax and demonstrated the detrimental effects an excise tax increase would have […]

Michigan Direct-To-Consumer Rules Clarified

Many questions have resulted from a new law prohibiting wine retailers from shipping to consumers in Michigan that recently went into effect. The new law specifically bans common carriers (FedEx and UPS) from delivering retailer wine shipments to Michigan consumers. This law does not affect the existing regulations for wineries shipping to consumers under the […]

Tips for Making End of Year Reporting Easier

Scrooge asks: Do you have tracking numbers for all 2008 Missouri shipments? Are you ready with your TTB IDs for the products you shipped into New York? Are you aware of Wisconsin’s new electronic filing requirement? If so, will you go with the manual Free File of the XML file submission? Did all of your […]

One Less Dry Town in New Hampshire

Wineries with a valid direct-to-consumer shipping permit may now ship to consumers in Landaff, New Hampshire. The city of Landaff voted to end its status as a dry town effective immediately. Four dry cities remain in New Hampshire: Brookfield, Ellsworth, Monroe and Sharon. Wineries are prohibited from shipping wine to consumers in dry regions in […]

Wine Distribution Notes – Release 30

Release 30 of Notes on Wine Distribution by R. Corbin Houchins is now available for viewing or downloading. The Notes provide thoughtful insight on the state of direct shipping rules and valuable information on current litigation and legislation for each of the United States (plus DC), with changes from the preceding release indicated by highlighted […]

An Unfortunate Direct Shipping License Clarification in Texas

Wineries applying for a Texas Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit or renewing their existing permit must now pay a surcharge of $160 in addition to the $75 annual permit fee. Currently the Direct Shipper’s permit is renewed annually. However, beginning January 1, 2009 all Direct Shipper licenses will be valid for two years. Applicants will have […]

Wisconsin Liquor Reporting: Reciprocal (9 months) + Electronic Filing (3 months)

Effective October 1st, 2008, Wisconsin requires electronic filing for reporting shipments of wine into Wisconsin. According to Wisconsin, filing and paying taxes online is more accurate, more certain, and means better business. And, as we’ve discussed previously, it’s also green and convenient. Direct shippers must file their first excise tax report as a permitted Wine […]

The WSLCB Announces Online Tax Reporting and Payment System

Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) just made filing monthly summary tax reports and paying taxes a little easier by providing an online tax filing option for wineries shipping to consumers and retailers in Washington. The WSLCB encourages wineries to use their Online Tax Reporting and Payment System which saves time and simplifies the tax […]

Mark Your Calendar Because Idaho Won't: Direct Shipper Permit Renewal

This is a reminder that Idaho Direct Shipping Permit holders must submit a renewal form before the expiration date of their current permit (Direct Shipping Permits expire a year after the date of issue). Idaho does not send out renewal notices, thus it is the responsibility of the permit holder to obtain and submit the […]

DHL to Cease Wine Shipments Nov 3rd

Steve Bachmann at The Wine Collector is reporting that DHL has notified its customers that it will cease wine shipments effective November 3rd. DHL has struggled to gain a foothold in the interstate wine shipping market, where FedEx and UPS dominate. If you have received the notification letter from DHL, we’d love to see a […]

Wisconsin Becomes a Limited State Today: I'll Have Some Wine with that Cheese, Please

Beginning today, October 1, 2008, Wisconsin is open to direct wine shipments from wineries throughout the country. Direct shipments to consumers in Wisconsin must be shipped under Wisconsin’s new “Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit”; reciprocal shipments of wines are no longer allowed. New direct shipping regulations include: a $200 Direct Shipping license, payment of sales and […]

Wisconsin Permit Applications Available

The Wine Direct Shipper permit application is now up on Wisconsin’s website. Wisconsin approved licensed direct shipping legislation back in March, which will allow wineries in every state to ship limited amounts of wine to Wisconsin residents, beginning October 1, 2008. Here’s some basic information on how to apply for the direct wine shipping permit: […]

The Lone Star State: To File Monthly or Quarterly, that is the Question

As was reported earlier this week, the Texas C-240 Direct Shipper’s Report will change from a monthly to a quarterly return for orders shipped after September 1st. However, we’ve received a number of questions about how to report shipments for the month of August. August is the last month that will require a monthly return, […]

Georgia Clarifies Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Rule

Wine Institute has received information clarifying Georgia’s direct-to-consumer wine shipping regulations. The rule allowing on-site shipments without a permit was not repealed on July 1, 2008 when the new permit law became effective. All wineries may continue to ship up to 5 cases of wine to a Georgia household annually provided the wine was purchased […]

Follow us on Twitter: winecompliance

When we make a post here on the ShipCompliant blog, we take the time to really understand an issue, research the facts involved, and make a substantive post that adds value to the issue that we are discussing. However, the ShipCompliant research team hears news and information from many different sources every day that may […]

The Poster Prohibited State Slackens Slightly

Last Friday, Wine and Spirits Daily reported that Utah’s grip on liquor has let up, at least a little bit. The recent rule change applies only to Utah brewers and distilleries but this could potentially be good news for everyone in the alcohol industry. The new ruling allows Utah residents to purchase onsite orders from […]

Another Paper Return Bites the Dust: Required Electronic Filing in New York (Due July 15th)

On July 1st, 2008, New York announced that their semi-annual “New York Wine Manufacturer’s Report of All Wine Directly Sold and Shipped” is required to be filed online. Shipments made from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2008 must be reported to the New York Liquor Authority by July 15th, 2008. Online submission of the […]

Google, WITS, and PCI Compliance

There’s a very interesting article from the New York Times yesterday that analyzes the not so subtle addition of a new link on google.com. You can now see a tiny link on the word “Privacy” at the bottom of the Google homepage. With that one word, the Web search giant heads off the growing controversy […]

Illinois Offers a Bit of Green for Direct Wine Shippers

For those of you that have started shipping to Illinois under their new permit system, your first round of reporting will come due this month. Fortunately, Illinois makes it easy to report your shipments and pay taxes. Electronic filing and payment is available for the Liquor Direct Wine Shipper Return (RL-26-W), and the Sales and […]

South Carolina: Timing is Everything

Expensive permit fees deter many wineries from shipping to South Carolina, but with a little timing, shipping there can make more sense. For those who already have a South Carolina Out-of-State Wine Shipper’s License, the license must be renewed at the end of August if you wish to continue shipping to the state. The license […]

It's Not Easy Being Green…But Electronic Filing Makes It Easier

Image, “Office Paper, 2007” by Chris Jordan. June 5th was World Environment Day. And in honor of the wonderful planet on which we live, here’s a look at how some states are doing their part to make it easy for direct-to-consumer wine shippers to be eco-friendly. Generally speaking, businesses are looking to become greener; it […]

10 Days Left Until Illinois Permit Deadline

Just a friendly reminder that beginning June 1st, 2008, Illinois will require a permit for all direct-to-consumer wine shipments to the state. A winery must receive the permit before it may begin/resume shipment to the state. In 10 days, under the newly-promulgated wine shipping law, wineries and retailers that have been shipping to Illinois under […]

Wine Distribution Notes – Release 28

The latest version of Notes on Wine Distribution by R. Corbin Houchins is now available for viewing or downloading. Release 28 highlights changes in the following categories: Age & Identity Verification, Rethinking Reciprocity and State Notes, specifically Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Headings of sections with substantial changes since the preceding release […]

Checklist and detailed instructions for Illinois permit applicants

Beginning June 1, 2008 wineries will be required to have an “Out-of-State Winery Shipper’s License,” file reports, obtain a bond and pay sales and excise tax in order to ship wine to consumers in Illinois. Wineries with a valid Shipper’s License issued by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission will be permitted to ship up to […]

Georgia is a "Go": Residents Can Now Join Wine Clubs and Buy Wine Online from All Wineries

Good news, wineries – shipping to Georgia just got a whole lot easier! As we mentioned in a previous post, House Bill 1061 had passed in the House and has since passed in the Senate. It made its way onto the Governor’s table on April 15th, and Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed it into law […]

Update Your Address Books: New Hampshire Has a Revised Direct Shipping Monthly Report

New Hampshire has updated their Monthly Direct Shipping Report Form. According to the NH Bureau of Enforcement, many wineries have been sending this report to the wrong address; the new form has been issued in part to remedy the incorrect send-to address. The new form is in an Excel format for easier use, and will […]

Illinois Direct-to-Consumer Permit Applications Available

The Illinois Direct-to-Consumer Permit applications are now available on the Wine Institute and Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s websites. Beginning June 1, 2008 wineries will be required to have an “Out-of-State Winery Shipper’s License,” file reports, obtain a bond and pay sales and excise tax in order to ship wine to consumers in Illinois. Wineries with […]

Wine Is Not the Maine Event

A bill that would have allowed in-state and out-of-state producers, suppliers, importers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers to ship wine to Maine consumers passed through the Senate but after a close vote, died on the House floor yesterday evening. If LD1987 (a.k.a. SP781) would have passed as amended by the Senate, the bill would have allowed […]

Direct to Consumer Symposium – May 1st and 2nd 2008

Direct to Consumer Symposium May 1-2, 2008 Meritage Resort, Napa, CA Proceeds to Benefit Coalition for Free Trade and Free the Grapes! Register here Sessions will include: Who Is Buying? Consumer Research Findings Starting a Winning Direct Marketing Program Direct to Consumer Legislation and Enforcement Using Food & Wine Marketing to Increase Tasting Room Traffic […]

WSWA on Wine Shippers: “Flaunting their disdain”

Just over a week ago, on the same day that the Specialty Wine Retailers Association held their first annual symposium, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America issued a press release. This in itself was not remarkable – the WSWA has an active PR effort working to ensure their views are presented to the mainstream […]

Wine Distribution Notes – Release 26

Release 26 of Notes on Wine Distribution by R. Corbin Houchins is now available for viewing. These notes are a great resource for keeping up to date with developing trends in direct shipping and direct distribution. As always, you can find the most recent version of these notes at the ShipCompliant Blog by clicking on […]

Seeing Double: Ship Your West Virginia Report Twice

We’ve received many questions about what West Virginia requires as far as reporting is concerned, so we contacted the ABCA to clear all confusion of the matter. On the West Virginia Direct Shipper’s Report it says, “Prepare this report in duplicate, mail the original and payment of taxes to the WV State Tax Department… and […]

Nebraska License Requirements Clarified

It has come to my attention that information concerning Nebraska’s direct-to-consumer shipping regulations on the Wine Institute website was misleading. The “Direct Shipping License Required” Rule was not listed as a requirement for on-site shipments to Nebraska consumers. The website has been updated to show that a direct shipping license is required for on-site and […]

Missouri: Beware the yellow highlighter!

The Missouri Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control is being extremely thorough in enforcing accurate reporting and excise tax payments. We’ve heard from a number of wineries that filed the Wine Direct Shipper Annual Report and Tax Computation report with the associated Sales to Missouri Residents by Wine Direct Shipper (form 40) schedule on time, […]

Welcome Alex Heckathorn

We’re pleased to introduce our friend Alex Heckathorn as a guest blogger. Alex has been a principal in Compliance Services of America (CSA) for over 10 years. As an attorney for CSA, Alex advises and licenses wineries, brewpubs, importers, wholesalers, distillers and brand builders across the US.

What were they thinking?

Naturally, there is another side to the story, which deserves analysis because of the policy issues it raises for liberalization of wine distribution laws, a goal nearly every commentator embraces. First, Wine.com’s own justification: Wine Spectator Online for January 8th quotes CEO Richard Bergsund, who declared, “We’d like to see markets open up, and we’d […]

Wine.com stings fellow retailers

Wine.com is apparently not in the holiday spirit. They recently set up a number of sting operations by purchasing wine on their competitors’ sites and notifying state ABCs that illegal shipments were on the way. Vinography has the full scoop. Be sure to read the comments below the post as well to see a pretty […]

Reporting Madness

Hello and happy holidays from the ShipCompliant team! We’ve been a little quiet as we prepare to help all of our winery and retailer partners prepare for the big storm of reports that come due in January. Wineries that ship to all of the possible states for direct shipping can owe over 500 reports each […]

Oregon Direct Shipper Permit Applications Available

On January 1, 2008 the legislation replacing Oregon’s reciprocity law with a permit system for the sale and shipment of wine directly from wineries will become effective. The new law requires wineries have a Direct Shipper Permit, pay an annual license fee of $50 and maintain a bond of at least $1000. Wineries with approved […]

Indiana Clarifies Shipping Rules – Wine Institute Recommends Member Wineries Begin Shipments

The Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, in response to a series of inquiries from Wine Institute’s Regional Counsel Nino Ciaravino and our local counsel John Keeler, today clarified their position with regard to an enforcement component of that state’s direct-to-consumer shipping statutes. Originally passed in March of 2006, Indiana’s DTC shipping statute contained provisions which […]

Ohio Direct Shipping Permits Available for Wineries Producing Under 150,000 Gallons Annually

As of October 1, 2007 only wineries producing up to 150,000 gallons annually with an approved S Permit issued by the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control and registered with the Ohio Department of Taxation may ship to Ohio consumers. Wineries producing 150,000 gallons or more annually are prohibited from shipping both on-site […]

Helpful Clarification Regarding Ohio’s New Shipping Statute Allows Some Wineries to Start Shipping

Wine Institute has received an initial clarification from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control that should allow some wineries to begin shipments to Ohio consumers. In addition to the restriction on the size of wineries (under 150,000 gallons) that can apply for a permit, there had been confusion surrounding the “family household” limit of 24 […]

Virginia Out-of-State Winery Shipper's Application Checklist

The Shipper’s application is titled “Retail License Application Parts I and II” (rev. 06/2007). Please follow the steps below to ensure your application can be processed and approved in a timely manner. Applicants must have already completed the VA Sales Tax Application and received a VA sales tax number. RETAIL LICENSE APPLICATION – PART I […]

Missouri Direct Wine Shipper Applications Available

The Governor of Missouri has signed SB 299 transitioning Missouri from a reciprocal state to a permit state. As of August 28, 2007 wineries will be required to have a Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit issued by the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) and pay excise taxes in order to ship to MO […]

More Information about the West Virginia direct shipping application process

There have been questions from wineries about the application process in West Virginia. Hopefully, this post will help clarify the process. All wineries must apply for a Direct Shipper’s Permit and pay the $150 annual registration fee to the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration. In addition all wineries must register with the Department of […]

North Dakota Updates Direct Shipping Forms

North Dakota has updated its Direct Shipping License Application and Alcohol Liquor Tax Report. Wineries are now required to file the direct shipping license application and renewal form electronically. The license must be renewed annually by January 1. Wineries that are unable to file the license application electronically may request permission to file paper reports […]

West Virginia permit process details

West Virginia passed legislation to change from a reciprocal state to a permit state. All wineries will have to obtain a direct shipping permit and pay taxes. Corporations will also have to register with the West Virginia Secretary of State. The West Virginia Direct Shipper Application, instructions and tax forms are now available on the […]

Florida’s direct shipping website is back up

We previously reported that Florida took down their direct shipping website after warning that the “website will remain as a resource until the last day of Session, May 4, 2007.” Since they took the site down, the DBPR has not given any guidance on a change in policy even though the legislature did not pass […]

West Virginia posts new direct shipping guidelines

The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration recently posted a “Direct Shippers Q&A” document on their website. Though somewhat helpful, the answers in the document are mostly a copy and paste from the new statutes. A few questions remain about some specifics on the permit process as well as the audit requirements. We will post […]

West Virginia Permit Applications Available

West Virginia will be the next state to move from the “reciprocal” category to the “limited-direct” category. Senate Bill 712 passed on March 10th and was signed by the Governor on April 4th. The bill states that it will take effect ninety days from passage, which is June 8th, 2007. However, wineries will likely have […]

New Hampshire Updates Direct Shipper Permit Application

The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission has updated their Direct Shipper Permit Application. Changes to the application consist of updating the NH Liquor Commission Bureau of Enforcement mailing address and making changes to the letterhead. The updated application has a shield in the upper left-hand corner and contact information for Chief Eddie Edwards below. The […]

Florida removes direct shipping website

Florida removed their direct shipping website late Friday night or early Saturday morning. However, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation has given no official notice of any change in policy. Stay tuned for any developments. Below is an archive of the direct shipping site that was removed by Florida: ————————– Department of Business and […]

Tea Leaves & One Fact

Some historians say the origin of foretelling the future from tea leaves is an ancient Greek practice of reading wine sediment patterns in the drinking vessels. Wine-related or not, the lawyer’s pastime of seeking clues to future judicial decisions from what judges say during oral argument is about equally reliable. Nonetheless, it’s difficult to resist […]

North Dakota sales tax clarification

There have been some recent questions regarding North Dakota sales tax requirements. Wineries shipping directly to consumers in North Dakota are required to pay the 7% State retail alcohol tax. Additionally, Wineries have the option of deciding whether or not to collect local ND city & county taxes. However, if a winery collects local taxes […]

To Which States Should You Ship Direct?

After showing off beta versions of this tool at several trade shows in January, the ShipCompliant team officially released its latest tool today to help wineries make the most of the direct channel. The State Shipping Break Even Calculator does just that – it tells you how many bottles of your wine it takes to […]

Kentucky posts permit instructions

Kentucky recently posted instructions for obtaining a Kentucky out-of-state small farm winery license. There are ten steps (actually eight steps – they skipped steps 6 and 8!) that a winery that produces less than 50,000 gallons can follow to receive a license to ship directly to consumers. STEP 1. KRS 243.360 requires you to first […]

Thank You to Our Readers

As you might have noticed by the logo on the sidebar of this page over the last week, we have been nominated as a finalist for the first edition of the American Wine Blog Awards in the category of Best Single Subject Wine Blog. We are very honored by this distinction and we thank the […]

Prorated fees in Honolulu

Most of our readers know that Hawaii started enforcing its direct wine shipment permit law on January 1, 2007 and moved into the “blue” category on the state-by-state direct shipping map. There are 4 counties in Hawaii and each county requires wineries to complete its own permit application and pay a fee. The annual permit […]

Bourbon County, KY – Wet, Dry, or Moist?

We’re getting word that Kentucky will soon make public the requirements for out-of-state wineries to get a small farm winery license for shipping wine directly to consumers. Regardless of the difficulty of the process that Kentucky unveils, wineries will surely face a challenge in keeping track of the 53 dry and 16 “moist” counties in […]

Washington Excise Tax Confusion

We’ve had number of questions recently from wineries that are confused about the excise tax requirements in Washington. Apparently, the Washington LCB is now just outright rejecting winery submissions if they do not use the correct form. To provide a little background on this issue, Washington adopted a limited direct model on July 1st, 2006. […]

News from Kentucky

The headline said, “State drops out of wine suit: Small operators can ship directly,” but the reported change in direct shipment rights occurred in December of last year. What’s new is that the state has abandoned its appeal, leaving the wholesaler trade association to continue alone in attempting to persuade the Court of Appeals to […]

Tips for Completing the Hawaii Tax Applications

As of January 1, 2007 Hawaii is officially operating under the permit law for direct wine shipments. This means that wineries can no longer ship under the reciprocity law and must have an approved direct shipper permit for each county. However, wineries must have a General Excise Tax License (similar to sales tax) and a […]

2007 Hawaii Permits Available

Hawaii recently made available the new permit forms for shipping directly to consumers. Even though Hawaii passed a new limited-direct model that technically went into effect on July 1st, 2006, most wineries continued to ship under the previous reciprocity rules because Hawaii did not give clear guidance on how to get permits and report under […]

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from the Six88 Crew – Barclay, Bev, Elizabeth, James, Jason, Jeff, Kim, Laurent, Marc, Mike, Pete. Not pictured – Bob, Sarah, Rajiv, Richard, Steve. (taken from the rooftop of our office in Boulder, CO)

Additional information regarding Pennsylvania’s Limited Winery Permit

Important caveat on Pennsylvania in particular and “Notes on Wine Distribution” in General. The recent development posted on 12/14 regarding direct shipment to Pennsylvania residents in that the state, is that the Liquor Control Board, which has known since November 2005 that it lost the Cutner case and therefore may not prohibit direct shipment from […]

Wine Distribution Notes, v12

R. Corbin Houchins released version 12 of his Notes on Wine Distribution, with an important development for shipments to consumers in Pennsylvania. Click here to read the new release Update: Please see the post above for more information on PA. Also note the definition of a “limited winery”.

Sales tax rate decrease in North Carolina

From the North Carolina DOR notice The North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation that reduces the general State rate of sales and use tax from 4.5% to 4.25% effective December 1, 2006 and from 4.25% to 4% effective July 1, 2007. Therefore, effective December 1, 2007 2006 the general State rate of sales and use […]

Compliance Q/A in Kennewick, WA – 11/28

Welcome to the (brief) second installment of shipping compliance events summary! These events are great opportunities to hear from experts on legislative changes to the rules, best practices for staying compliant and growing your market, special offers on shipping and other related services, and introductions to technology solutions. November 28th – Washington Wine Industry Summit […]

Compliance Events Summary

Welcome to the first installment of shipping compliance events summary! These events are great opportunities to hear from experts on legislative changes to the rules, best practices for staying compliant and growing your market, special offers on shipping and other related services, and introductions to technology solutions. November 8th – Wine Institute Sonoma County Member […]

FedEx begins shipping to Vermont

From their wine landing page: FedEx Express and FedEx Ground expands wine shipping services to accept legal wine shipments to consumers into, out of, and within Vermont. The effective date is November 1, 2006. For those shipping wine to VT consumers, please note changes on State Pairing Guide. Vermont’s consumer direct legislation actually went into […]

More on Georgia sales tax

A few weeks ago, Annie mentioned that wineries shipping directly to Georgia that do not otherwise have a nexus in Georgia are not required to collect sales tax. We have had a number of questions about this issue, mostly related to the fact that different people have received different answers to this question in the […]

Interview with Jeremy Benson from Free the Grapes! – Part 1

Below is the transcript from the first part of an email interview with Jeremy Benson, Executive Director of Free the Grapes! Q: Can you start with some background on Free the Grapes! and its mission? Free the Grapes! was founded in 1998 as a result of the wholesaler’s success in making Florida a felony state […]

New COLA form available

TTB published a new Certificate of Label Approval or Exemption (COLA) form in June of this year and is now requiring that all applicants use this new form. According to Customer Service Staff at the TTB Labeling and Formulation Division in Washington, D.C, they will reject all applications submitted on the old form that were […]

Clarification on the South Carolina application process

There has been some confusion about the application process for wineries shipping direct-to-consumers in South Carolina. The correct forms to complete are listed below and can also be found at http://wi.shipcompliant.com/StateDetail.aspx?StateID=39. Wineries must complete the following steps to legally ship wine directly to consumers in South Carolina: 1. Complete the Out-of-State Wine Shipper’s License (Form […]

Idaho increases sales tax rates

From the Idaho Tax Commission memo: The Idaho Legislature passed a new law increasing the sales and use tax rate to 6% as of October 1, 2006. Be sure to update the rates in your order management system(s) if you haven’t done so already.

Arizona permit available, FedEx begins shipping

The new wine shipping laws took effect yesterday in Arizona. Arizona has posted the Application for Out-of-State Domestic Farm Winery or Domestic Microbrewery on their website. Currently, only wineries that produce less than 20,000 gallons per year can ship directly to Arizona residents. Wineries that produce more than 20,000 gallons must “Provide the names and […]

Brian Williams Scolded By SWRA

The intense response from the wine industry to the WSWA’s study last Thursday continues. This time, the target is Brian Williams and the crew from NBC news who ran an out of context fluff piece Wednesday night featuring the soon to be released study (Click here to view the newscast – PC only). The Specialty […]

Free the Grapes responds to WSWA

Free the Grapes put out a quick response to the WSWA survey noted below. Here are a few excerpts The wine wholesaler cartel today trotted out a tired argument already dismissed by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Trade Commission, and state alcohol regulators. The intent of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s “survey” […]

WSWA To Release New Underage "Research"

Update #1: View NBC segment Tomorrow the WSWA will release a research survey conducted by TRU (Teenage Research Unlimited): “confirming that millions of teenagers have ordered alcohol online, or have a friend who has ordered online. The survey provides hard evidence about teenagers’ online activity, their purchases of alcohol, their awareness of the ability to […]

FedEx begins shipping to Kansas

Following up on Annie’s post below, FedEx is now approved to ship to Kansas for onsite shipments and began shipping yesterday. They posted the change on the state pairing chart on their wine website.

Confusion about Indiana

We have had a number of people ask about the direct shipping status in Indiana. Most will say something like “Indiana is now available for direct shipping”. Well, not really. Technically, Indiana passed House Bill 1016 in March, allowing for direct shipping. However, there are severe restrictions that effectively make Indiana prohibited. Wineries can theoretically […]

An Exchange on Central Warehousing

A reader reports a recent email from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) that begins, “[Y]our statement that [central warehousing] is not directly prohibited by law is not correct. There are several statutes that provide the basis for this prohibition.” That assertion could as well have been directed to me, as in a previous posting […]

Washington direct shipping requirements

Permit Required: If a WA state winery has a Domestic Winery permit, nothing additional is required. If an out-of-state winery holds a Wine Certificate of Approval, only a no-fee endorsement is required. If an out-of-state winery does not hold a COA, a Wine Shipper Permit (for shipping to consumers only). Fee: $100 license fee + […]

Colorado permit process

Colorado’s new legislation effecting wine shipments will become effective July 1, 2006. The new permit application is available on Wine Institute’s direct shipping website here. Wineries that have been shipping to Colorado under the reciprocity law DO NOT have to complete a new application. The annual renewal fee for applications will remain $50.00. Wineries must […]

Update on Idaho Direct Shipper's Permit Application process

Wineries can begin applying for Idaho direct shipping permits. Wineries must complete the Idaho Business Registration Form and the Idaho Beer and Wine Tax Application (BWA). Both forms should be submitted to the Idaho Tax Commission with a $1000 Bond, a Certified Copy of the Winery’s License (In California it is the Type 02 License) […]

Sinking the Playing Field

Recent reports that state ABC stores in Virginia are running low on Virginia wines illustrate an interesting ripple effect of the direct shipment litigation. (See http://www.roanoke.com/business/wb/wb/xp-68853.) By now nearly everyone has gotten the message that Granholm is neutral on freeing trade in wine, requiring only that states apply economically equivalent conditions to in-state and out-of-state […]

Newspaper sets up sting in Minnesota

The St. Paul Pioneer press on Monday reported a series of underage stings that the newspaper “Watchdog” group set up in the state of Minnesota. As you recall, Minnesota recently lifted their ban on Internet wine sales. The details of what exactly happened in the five different stings are a little vague in this article, […]

Idaho permit instructions posted

Idaho released instructions for getting permitted for direct shipment on Thursday. The document can be found in Word format on the Wine Institute site here. Three different permits are actually required before wineries can ship. 1) Wine tax permit from the Idaho State Tax Commission: To get the tax permit, first fill out the updated […]

Rethinking Demon Rum

Several observers have noted the generational nature of Granholm�s 5-4 split in the Supreme Court. Roughly, the judges divide between those do not remember the advents of Prohibition and Repeal, but have witnessed the growing acceptance of table wines, particularly relatively costly wines from the burgeoning small producer sector; the dissenters recall vividly the lawlessness […]

Wine Institute direct shipping portal updates

The Wine Institute direct shipping portal was updated last night with the first of many changes to come over the summer. After launching a new look and feel for their home page, they are now turning their attention to the direct shipping portal. Frames were removed from the direct shipping portal as a first step, […]

Connecticut permit fee clarification

The direct wine shipping permit application process in Connecticut just became a littler clearer thanks to their new forms. The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Liquor Division has put all of the forms needed to obtain an Out-of-State Shipper�s Permit on their website. The same forms are linked to Wine Institute�s Direct Shipping website. There […]

Vermont opens for direct wine shipment

We love to see a purple state turn blue! Vermont officially moved from a prohibited state to a limited direct state on Thursday when Governor Jim Douglas signed into law S.58. In-state and out-of-state wineries can now apply for a $300 direct shipping license and ship up to 12 cases annually to Vermont consumers. Wineries […]

FedEx Express and FedEx Ground policy for return of wine shipments

FedEx Express and FedEx Ground have clarified their policy for the return of direct-to-consumer wine shipments. Because FedEx policy only allows for approved licensees to ship wine, it has been understood and interpreted that individual consumers as recipients of a wine shipment are prohibited from returning such a shipment to the sender. However, return shipments […]

R. Corbin Houchins

We are very happy to announce that R. Corbin Houchins from the Beverage Practice Group of Graham and Dunn is joining us as a blog author. Our goal is to continuously add value to the readers of this blog by providing insight and analysis in the world of wine shipping compliance. Mr. Houchins is certainly […]

Where is Jim Barbuti?

Effective today, Jim Barbuti of the State of New Hampshire Liquor Commission has a new mailing address. This new address should be used to send your monthly reports as well as any correspndence to Mr. Barbuti. Mailing Address State of New Hampshire Liquor Commission Bureau of Enforcement Attn: Direct Shipping PO Box 1795 Concord NH […]

Maryland to allow self-distribution

Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich is expected to sign into law a bill that would allow in-state and out-of-state wineries to sell directly to retailers. Senate Bill 812 would allow any licensed U.S. winery that produces less than 27,500 gallons to self distribute to Maryland restaurants and retailers. This bill does not improve the situation in […]

The role of retailers

Pending court cases in Washington and Texas will set precedent throughout the country for determining the role of retailers in the world of wine shipping. Before digging in, let’s start with a terminology summary: Direct Shipment: The direct shipment of wine from wineries (suppliers) to end consumers. Wineries may ship via common carrier (UPS and […]

Great News from the State of Minnesota

Minnesota has lifted their ban on internet wine sales and advertisements. A Consent Order was entered on April 3, 2006, in the case of Kimberly Crockett, et al vs. Michael Campion, Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, et al, wherein it was declared that the plaintiff and other wineries have the right under the […]

Application forms to direct ship wine to Michigan are now available!

Michigan�s direct shipping application process appears to be very straightforward (at least compared to other forms I have read through recently). Wineries who wish to ship wine directly to Michigan consumers must complete the Michigan Liquor Control Commission�s (MLCC) Direct Shipper Application, pay the $100 permit fee and register with the Michigan Department of Treasury. […]

New York reciprocal shipping privileges and quantity limits

As if keeping track of over 7,500 direct shipping rules wasn’t hard enough already! Let’s start with a little background on the issue of New York reciprocal privileges. Even though they published their advisory in August of 2005 (after the Granholm decision), the New York regulations included the following language about reciprocity. The newly enacted […]

Dry Counties in Florida

We’ve received a number or inquiries about the dry counties in Florida. Starting with a little background… In the new Wine Shipment into Florida page, you will find the following text: Dry Counties Pursuant to Section 568.02, Florida Statutes, it is unlawful to sell alcoholic beverages containing more than 6.243 percent of alcohol by volume […]

Hawaii moves to end reciprocity

Two similar bills would create a limited direct model in Hawaii, which currently has reciprocity with 13 other states. The proposals are similar to the laws established in New York, Connecticut, and Texas with a permit requirement and a per customer limit of 24 cases per individual per year. Read more here.

FedEx and UPS begin shipping to Florida today

FedEx and UPS were both approved to ship to Florida beginning today. The second biggest wine market is officially open for direct shipments!

'Honor System' in Florida

Wineries shipping to Florida are currently on the ‘honor system’ until permanent legislation is passed. A bill was introduced recently that would establish a permit system, excise tax, and sales tax. Read more here.

FedEx to allow Florida shipping March 1st

FedEx’s legal team reacted quite quickly this time and announced today that they will begin shipping wine to Florida as early as March 1st (next Wednesday). What a great market to finally be open to great wines!

Rendell opposes direct shipments

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell wants to “maintain the state system” where consumers that order out of state wine must pick them up at a state-controlled liquor store. In this system, consumers must pay an 18 % state tax, a 6% sales tax, and a $4.50 handling fee. The governor’s office claims that this is necessary to […]

Wyoming close to compliance

A Wyoming bill unanimously passed the House Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee that would bring Wyoming to compliance with Granholm. Wyoming is currently a limited direct states that allows licensed out-of-state wineries to ship up to two cases per year directly to consumers. However, in-state wineries are treated differently. The new legislation effectively applies […]

FedEx approved to ship wine to New York

The State of New York Division of Alcoholic Beverage yesterday officially approved FedEx to make wine shipments directly to New York consumers. Carriers approved to ship to New York are required to “capture and maintain specific information, including a signature and the New York Out-of-State Direct Shipper�s license number of out-of-state wineries.” Both FedEx and […]

Maryland comptroller blocks self-distribution

From the Baltimore Business Journal: Maryland wineries will be prevented from directly selling their wines to retail stores and restaurants starting March 31, according to an administrative ruling the state’s comptroller’s office issued earlier this month.

Illinois wineries fight back

With the help of the press, wineries in Illiinois turn the tables on the powerful Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois.

Florida moves one step closer

Pending legislation in Florida would create a limited direct model for shipping wine directly to consumers where out-of-state wineries would need to obtain a $100 permit and pay the appropriate taxes.

"Vino Limbo" in Pennsylvania

Paul Nussbaum of the Philadelphia Inquirer gives good insight into the “wine-law chaos” in PA.

Kansas to open?

We noted earlier that Kansas was revisiting their laws and leaning towards prohibition. However, a new bill sent to the Senate would open up direct shipments to retailers and consumers, as long as the consumers pick up the wine at a licensed liquor store. Lawmakers in Kansas are keeping a close eye on the Costco […]

FedEx announces wine shipping website

FedEx recently unveiled its new wine shipping website. You can view the site by going to http://fedex.com/us/wine/ . On this site you will find some good information about the FedEx wine shipping policies and requirements. There is also a state pairing guide showing the states to which FedEx ships for direct to consumer offsite, onsite, […]

Let the wine flow in Illinois

Editorial from the Chicago Tribune: If lawmakers are going to get back in the wine game, they should promote competition and protect consumers from unnecessary middlemen and their markups. Otherwise, stay out.

Ohio opponents "just want to protect their monopolies"

Here’s a good update on the legislation process in Ohio from Mark Fisher.

Indiana wholesalers attempt to buy the vote

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Indiana Political Action Committee gave over $180,000 between 2000 and 2004 to Indiana politicians and candidates. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette explains why there is no wonder that favorable legislation was introduced there. It is no secret that the wine wholesalers and distributors wield tremendous power in every state. […]

IBG Announces REThink Wine Trade

Inertia Beverage Group announced today a new program called REThink Wine Trade. The program would give restaurants a means to place wholesale orders directly with producers. This is an interesting concept. “Direct to the trade” compliance will certainly be a challenge for IBG. However, this once again gets back to the theme discussed by FTC […]

Delaware lawyer and Pennsylvania winery sue over wine law

A federal lawsuit seeks to ease the direct shipping restrictions in Delaware. Currently, Delaware prohibits out of state wineries from shipping directly to consumers.

Federal Trade Commission speech shows support for direct shipping

In a speech by Commissioner Jon Leibowitz titled Competition in the Information Society Uncorked and Unplugged, Leibowitz provides some great insight into interstate wine laws. I would encourage you to read this speech in its entirety, but here are a few choice passages: the Internet is crucial to consumers. Barriers to e-commerce – whether erected […]

Ohio House considers easing restrictions on wine shipping

State Rep. Jon Husted, R-Kettering and other Ohio legislators are leaning towards a less restrictive shipping system. I like this passage from Mark Fisher of Uncorked and the Dayton Daily News: Earth to rabble-rousers: teen-agers looking to score alcohol are not going to get online, order a case of fine cabernet sauvignon from a boutique […]

Oklahoma wine producers push for direct shipments

A group of Oklahoma wine producers are pushing for a change in state law that will allow them to ship their product directly to consumers. Direct shipments are currently prohibited in Oklahoma, but this is one of at least 20 states that will likely revisit their direct shipping laws this year.

Group seeks to overturn Minnesota Internet sales ban

A lawsuit by the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest group, seeks to overturn the ban on direct Internet sales in Minnesota. Currently, Minnesota allows direct to consumer sales for onsite orders as well as offsite orders that are taken via telephone, mail, or fax only.

Welcome

Welcome to the Wine Direct Shipping Compliance weblog. As you all know, the laws surrounding shipping wine directly to consumers are very complicated. On top of that, they change constantly. We created this blog to help you understand and stay on top of these “rules”. We encourage you to provide feedback and participate often.