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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 […]

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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.

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Kansas’ Limited Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Law

Governor Kathleen Sebelius on May 23, 2006 signed a direct to consumer (DTC) shipping bill in Kansas that gives us only half of what we were seeking. This was an extremely hard-fought battle in a state that had previously banned all DTC shipments. Unfortunately, the success Chuck McGrigg and our local lobbyists had in passing […]

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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 […]

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Compliance Seminar Wrap Up

We held our first annual users conference and direct shipping compliance seminar on Friday, July 14th. A big thank you to Steve, Pam, Jim, Brent and Jeff for speaking at the event and bringing terrific value to the attendees. We ran a few surveys prior to and after the seminar. Click here to see more […]

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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 […]

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Costco-Granholm battle lines forming in Ohio

Ohio wineries selling to state residents operate under a mandatory 33.3% markup system, whether distributing directly or through a wholesaler. Under past law, wineries outside the state could not sell to Ohio consumers at all. To comply with Granholm, the state accepted a consent decree permitting consumers to purchase directly from out-of-state wineries, beginning in […]

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ShipCompliant Users Conference & Compliance Seminar – July 14

Six88 Solutions is presenting a direct shipping compliance seminar in conjunction with its first annual ShipCompliant users conference. Due to generous sponsorship from FedEx and ChoicePoint, this event is now open to non-customers and is free of charge. The seminar will focus on the realities of enforcement and feature speakers such as Steve Gross (Wine […]

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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 + […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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New laws take effect in four states on July 1st

Hello again, back in the swing of things after a nice two week break. We’ve seen some big developments in the world of wine direct shipping over the last two weeks that we’ll look at in more detail over the next few weeks. July 1st is a huge day for direct shippers as new laws […]

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Dropping the Second Shoe

Recent lawsuits in California, following the preliminary consent decree in Texas, bring home the second major implication of Granholm. The Supreme Court opinion of May 2005 told us that a state may not allow its own wineries to sell directly to consumers if it excludes out-of-state wineries. Its first implication �that states allowing their own […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Napolitano signs Arizona wine shipping bill

On Thursday, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano signed into law SB 1276, opening Arizona for limited direct shipping and self distribution. As we mentioned below, this will establish a capacity cap for offsite sales of 20,000 gallons (roughly 8,400 cases). Onsite sales will continue to be allowed with a per customer volume limit of 2 cases […]

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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 […]

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