BevAlc Roundup | Federal Alcohol Tax Reform Gains Support, Divergence in Oregon Wine Country, and How to Improve Holiday Shipping

Alex Koral
November 11, 2019

The fires that threatened Sonoma County two weeks ago have thankfully been quelled; but that was not before numerous homes and buildings were destroyed, for which we at ShipCompliant extend our deepest sympathies. For everyone, though, the holiday shopping season is still fast approaching. This brings increased online sales and potential delays in shipping across the country. An article on our blog explains how you can get ahead of the holiday rush, but also look for the replay of our latest webinar where we talked with Truvi about managing holiday shipments.

This week in the Roundup, the TTB announces waivers of tax penalties for businesses affected by the California wildfires; then we look at new regulations coming into effect soon for alcohol servers in California, Coors moves business operations to Chicago, and the New York Times wine critic reviews the effects of climate change on the wine industry.

In case you haven’t heard, the 2019 Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping Report is available for download. Get your copy today here.

Thanks for reading the Roundup this week. As ever, be sure to check out the rest of the ShipCompliant by Sovos blog for regular updates, and we’ll see you again in another couple of weeks.

Regulatory News and Discussions

TTB Newsletter | As part of our ongoing effort to provide on-demand educational information we are announcing two new offerings – a video series on the basics of trade practices and new and improved wine labeling pages. TTB

TTB Newsletter — Waiver of Excise Tax Penalties for Businesses Affected By California Wildfires | This week’s top news includes how industry members impacted by the recent wildfires in California may obtain a waiver of penalties for not timely filing or paying excise taxes, and tips for using the smart form version of the TTB excise tax return. TTB

Importers in the DtC Landscape: It’s Complicated | When it comes to businesses licensed solely as importers, the map for DtC shipping of wine is rather small. ShipCompliant by Sovos

If Your Business Serves Alcoholic Beverages in California You Need to Read This and Take Action! | Proposed regulations will affect EVERY person who serves alcohol throughout the state whether in a restaurant, hotel, bar, tasting room, stadium, concert, wedding, tourist park, or even at a charitable event. Booze Rules

Congressional Support for Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform | New record of co-sponsors follows industry “day of action. Wine Business

Would Liquor Access Expansion in Pennsylvania Cost Jobs? | Pennsylvania lawmakers are discussing how expanding the privatization of alcohol sales in the state would improve access and possibly affect jobs. Marietta Daily Journal

State Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Liquor Distribution Law That Some Claim is Unconstitutional | The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on the appeal of Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince’s August ruling that Senate Bill 608 is unconstitutional. Tulsa World

Industry Updates: Market Conditions and Developments

Wineries Back to Business After Kincade Fire and Encouraging Visitors to #GatherInSonoma and #SipSonoma | Sonoma County wine country has been hit twice by massive fires in the space of three years. Wine Industry Advisor

Coors Family Silent About Chicago Move, but You Can Bet They’re Not Happy | Last week, Molson Coors shocked Colorado by announcing that it would close its central offices in Denver, lay off hundreds of employees here, and relocate everything to its existing space in Chicago as part of a massive restructuring and name change aimed at keeping the corporation competitive. Westword

Oregon Wine’s Civil Civil War | As winegrower interests diverge, a split has arisen among the state’s wine representatives. Wine-searcher.com

How Black Women in Wine–and Their Allies–Are Banding Together to Achieve Better Representation | Wine consumption in the U.S. is higher than ever, but despite efforts to promote inclusivity among consumers, the needle hasn’t moved much at all for black women working in the wine world. Forbes

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How Planning Can Improve Operations During the Busy Wine Shipping Season | With the holiday season approaching, people start thinking about gift-giving and holiday parties, and with a bottle of wine appealing to the masses, wine orders increase drastically. ShipCompliant by Sovos

Our Wine Critic Reviews Climate Change’s Impact on an Industry | Eric Asimov says we have to rethink every element of wine, from where we farm it to how we buy it. NY Times

Is Wine Premiumisation a Doom Loop? | Damien Wilson, of Sonoma State University, has a warning for the US wine industry: wine premiumisation can be a path to ruin. Wine Business International

Is the Future of Whiskey in China? | The Chinese spirits and wine market has long been coveted by, and lucrative for, international producers. Barron’s

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Alex Koral

Alex Koral is Senior Regulatory Counsel for Sovos ShipCompliant in the company’s Boulder, Colorado office. He actively researches beverage alcohol regulations and market developments to inform development of Sovos’ ShipCompliant product and help educate the industry on compliance issues. Alex has been in the beverage alcohol arena since 2015, after receiving his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School.
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