This is a busy time of year in the beverage alcohol industry, as the grape harvest continues apace and everyone else gets ready for the upcoming holiday season with its special products and unique offerings. So we hope you’ll take a minute or two and check out the Roundup. This week we have a couple […]
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Pennsylvania Announces Simplification of DtC Wine Shipping Reporting
On August 27, 2018, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) sent out a notice to holders of a Direct Wine Shipper License (DWS) informing of a change in the state’s reporting requirements. Effectively immediately, DWS licensees will no longer be required to complete the quarterly “by ZIP code” shipping report, including for any past reporting […]
BevAlc Roundup | Oklahoma releases application for October DtC wine sales, craft brewers see stable mid-year sales, and a millennia-old wine jar factory found in Israel
It’s August, meaning the grape harvest has begun and planning for the winter season is in full swing. Why not take a quick break to read our Roundup? This week, we have a couple of in-case-you-missed-it pieces from the main ShipCompliant feed on changes for DtC shippers to Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. We also look at […]
Pennsylvania Clarifies Age Verification Rules for DtC Shippers
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) recently published a supplementary advisory notice, clarifying age verification requirements that Direct Wine Shipper (DWS) licensees must fulfill as a condition of their license. According to the notice, DWS licensees must meet two requirements regarding verifying the ages of their Pennsylvania customers: Use only delivery services that will verify […]
4 Reasons the Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Channel Topped $2 Billion in 2018
Last month, we released our annual report on the state of the direct-to-consumer wine shipping channel with our partners Wines & Vines. The report is produced using Wines & Vines’ algorithm, which extrapolates data from the extensive ShipCompliant by Sovos transaction library. This year’s report demonstrated continued explosive growth in the channel, as the total […]
BevAlc Roundup: First National Economic Impact Study of the American Wine Industry, Licensing Dilemma, and Small Brewery Taprooms
In today’s roundup, we take a look at the first national economic impact study of the American wine industry, the licensing dilemma, and the large impact that small brewery taprooms are having on direct-to-consumer sales.
BevAlc Roundup: Wine shipping webinar, Sonoma’s tasting room limits, research results on craft beer buyers and spiked ice cream!
In today’s roundup we take a look at the California heatwave, avoiding wine packaging disasters, Sonoma’s limits on wine tasting rooms, Philadephia’s reaction to new PLCB rules and spiked ice cream! We invite winery professionals to attend our webinar this Wednesday, September 27, “How to Get Ready for Holiday Direct-to-Consumer Shipping.” Our guest speaker will […]
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 […]
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 […]
Pennsylvania’s Big Year of Beverage Alcohol Rule Reform
Pennsylvania has already had a banner year in terms of amending its beverage alcohol rules, but the party seems to keep going. On November 15, Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1196 bringing major changes to how beer may be sold in the state. This follows this summer’s passage of House Bill 1690, which signalled […]
A Keystone Change – Pennsylvania to Allow Direct to Consumer Sales of Wine
After years of work and numerous failed attempts, direct to consumer (DtC) sales of wine is about to become reality in Pennsylvania. On June 8th, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed HB 1690, which includes, among many other provisions, new laws that will make the state the latest to allow DtC sales of wine.
Privatization Vetoed in Pennsylvania, but Will Direct Shipping Survive?
What’s the Deal? Pennsylvania is one of 19 ‘control states.’ (A ‘control state’ is a general term for any state that publicly controls a retail store, a wholesale store or, in states like PA, both). PA is also one of only eight states that do not allow direct-to-consumer shipping by US wineries. This combination of […]
2013 Wine Compliance Legislative Updates and a Virtual Seminar Invitation
You may remember reading our posts highlighting what to look for in the legislative season back at the beginning of 2013. Now that many legislative sessions are starting to come to a close, here is a quick check-in on this year’s legislative changes, all of which will be addressed in detail at the ShipCompliant Direct […]
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 […]
Is the Marketplace Fairness Act Fair for Wineries?
In short, yes, for a couple of reasons: 1. Wineries already pay sales tax in most states 2. The vast majority of wineries will likely be exempt from the law So what is it, exactly? Senate Bill S. 743, more commonly known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act“, is a pretty simple bill that would give […]
To Stay Afloat, Here is a Life Buoy of Wine Compliance Legislative Updates
As the snow melts here in Boulder, it’s time for a status update on the direct shipping bills we expected to see in 2013, as well as other notable legislation. 1. How are Direct Shipping Bills Stacking Up? Massachusetts has seen six direct shipping bills introduced this session, and though there hasn’t been much movement […]
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 […]
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 […]
Direct Shipping Legislation Heats Up Across the Country
This time of year always brings a flurry of legislative activity, and 2011 is no exception. The Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court ruling from 2005 is still having its impact on many states. 27 states are currently considering some form of direct shipping legislation, and at least 44 more have considered some sort of tax […]
Glimmer of Hope in Challenging On-Site Requirements
On December 17th, the US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) rendered its decision in Freeman v. Corzine (formerly known as Freeman v. Fischer and Freeman v. Governor of New Jersey). The case applies Granholm to several aspects of New Jersey law, which banned direct shipment by all wineries, […]
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 […]
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 […]
A call to action in Maryland
Maryland is currently one of six states, including Utah, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Pennsylvania, where all direct shipping is prohibited for both offsite and onsite sales. In fact, shipping wine into Maryland today can result in a felony. But, that could all change soon. House Bill 1260 and its companion, Senate Bill 616, would establish […]
Free the Grapes! Legislation and Litigation Update
From Jeremy Benson at Free the Grapes! : Free the Grapes! Media Update August 2007 Now that we’re at the end of most state legislative sessions, we thought it timely to provide an update on direct-to-consumer (DTC) wine direct shipping as of month-end July 2007. Here are some highlights, followed by a more detailed description. […]
Free The Grapes! legislative update
Free the Grapes! recently provided an update on direct to consumer shipping legislation and litigation for 2007. As you can see below, many changes are likely to come this year. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE Wine Institute provided the following summary of direct shipping legislation around the country. Alaska –House Bill 34 (Ledoux) would specifically allow in-state wineries […]
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”.
Flip-flop by Rendell gives hope to wineries
Earlier we noted that Pennsylvania Governor Rendell opposed direct wine shipments because they would increase the chance that minors receive alcohol. After taking a lot of heat for that “colossal lie”, Rendell changed his tune and is now saying that it’s all about state revenue. “The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which manages the state’s 640 […]
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 […]
"Vino Limbo" in Pennsylvania
Paul Nussbaum of the Philadelphia Inquirer gives good insight into the “wine-law chaos” in PA.
Pennsylvania judge strikes down out-of-state wine sales law
From law.com: “A federal judge has struck down a Pennsylvania law that prohibits out-of-state wineries from making direct sales to Pennsylvania consumers, hotels and restaurants after rejecting an argument that the law’s constitutional defect could be cured by extending the prohibition to in-state wineries.”