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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)

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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 […]

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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”.

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Costco appeal on fast track

The case is moving along very rapidly, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals having taken the initiative in a November 30, 2006 order by designating the appeal as expedited and setting a very prompt date for argument (March 2007). The defendants’ motion before the Court of Appeals for an indefinite stay was denied, but can […]

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Wine Distribution Notes, v11.2

R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel, just released version 11.2 of his Notes on Wine Distribution. This is a great resource and recommended reading for all that are interested in wine direct shipping. The first sentence of each release describes this resource well: These notes, now in their thirteenth year, are intended to serve discussion […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The free ShipCompliant MapTool

Wine Business Monthly wrote a quick piece this morning about a free tool our team created to help wineries communicate their direct shipping policies in a consistent and brand sensitive manner. Wineries do not have to be ShipCompliant customers in order to use the free widget that creates a nicely printed PDF map of their […]

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The second wave of the Granholm tsunami

Two states now have court cases that illustrate the second wave of the Granholm tsunami. Explicit discrimination in favor of local wineries relative to out-of-state wineries is, in theory at least, already washed away. We now see another crest on the horizon, aspiring to wipe out de facto discrimination –where the formal text of the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Lawsuit filed in Tennessee

Add Tennessee to the list of at least nine states that have ongoing direct to consumer litigation. A “wine enthusiast” recently filed a lawsuit in Tennessee to challenge the laws prohibiting the direct shipment of wine to consumers. Tennessee currently is a felony state that allows for a one gallon federal onsite provision, but otherwise […]

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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 […]

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Clarifications on Direct Shipping Laws

The enforcement and interpretation of various state laws for Direct-to-Consumer wine shipments continue to evolve. Following are three recent updates that wineries should be aware of. Connecticut: Wineries of any size are eligible to apply for an Out-of- State Shippers Permit in CT. The cost of the permit is $250 and there is a $100 […]

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Virtual wineries taken to court

Last week the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control took three “virtual” wineries to court stating that they violated the provisions of their licenses by pouring wine for consumers at a wine festival. So called virtual wineries typically hold two licenses in combination, a type 17 which is a wholesale license and a type 20, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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