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Retailers win one, lose one in Texas court

Judge Sidney Fitzwater of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas handed down a very important decision on Monday. In the Siesta Village Market Opinion, Judge Fitzwater said the following The court concludes that Texas’ ban on the sale and shipment of wine by out-of-state retailers to Texas residents is unconstitutional, but […]

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Oregon – The Next Round is Just Starting

With a new law allowing out-of-state wineries to sell directly to Oregon retailers, effective January 1, Oregon looked like a bright star in the winery self-distribution field. Oregon had chosen to level up, allowing both domestic and out-of-state wineries to sell direct to retailers. It seemed as if free trade in wine had arrived. But, […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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New Oregon rules are live – reminder to get the new permit

Just a quick reminder that the new permit system took effect in Oregon on January 1st. Even if you previously had a reciprocal shipping permit to ship into Oregon, you now need their new permit to continue direct shipping. For wineries in states that were not considered to be “reciprocal” with Oregon, you can now […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Guidelines for Submitting New Hampshire’s Monthly Report via Email

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has created a new e-mail account specifically for direct wine shippers. Wineries can send questions to directshippers@liquor.state.nh.us. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission also allows direct shippers, who have no shipments to report, to submit their monthly report via e-mail. Direct Shippers who choose to submit the report via email must […]

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Doyle uses veto on Wisconsin budget bill

There was a flurry of activity this week in Wisconsin related to DTC shipping and self-distribution. You will recall that last month a host of onerous shipping provisions were included in the House version of the budget. These proposals would have repealed the existing reciprocal shipping statutes, replacing them with an entirely unworkable and exorbitantly […]

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Wine Shipping Permit System Passes via Badger Budget Bill

Governor Jim Doyle is expected to sign into law Senate Bill 40, the Wisconsin Budget Bill that passed both chambers of the state congress on Tuesday. Within an amendment to the budget bill are provisions that would strike the existing reciprocal statutes for direct shipping and insert language that creates a permit system for wineries […]

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Jim Barbuti joins as panelist in fourth Shipping Compliance Virtual Seminar

Don’t miss out on the fourth installment of our quarterly Shipping Compliance Virtual Seminar on Friday, October 26th sponsored by ShipCompliant and Wine Business Monthly. Panelists include: Steve Gross, Director of State Relations, Wine Institute James H. Barbuti, Liquor Commission Examiner – New Hampshire State Liquor Commission Jason Eckenroth, President, Six88 Solutions Jeff Carroll, VP […]

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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 […]

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Is the retail to consumer shipping battle headed to the Supreme Court?

The issue of direct shipments by retailers to consumers has become a very hot topic of late. As of today, retailers can ship to less than half of the number of states to which producing wineries can ship. The Specialty Wine Retailers Association is fighting hard with both legislative efforts and litigation to open more […]

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Wrong, but Not Surprising: A Loss in Extending Granholm to Shipments by Retailers

The recent decision in Arnold’s Wines, Inc. v. Boyle, Docket No. 06 Civ. 3357 (Southern District of NY, Sept. 9, 2007), which upholds New York’s requirement that retailers be located within the state to sell and ship to New York residents, illustrates the difficulty of separating dictum from holding in the Granholm case. (See the […]

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Free the Grapes!: New Illinois Law to Expand Consumer Choice for Winery-to-Consumer Shipments from 5 to 50 States, But Corks Out-of-State Retailers

From Free the Grapes!: Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich yesterday signed House Bill 429 which goes into effect June 1, 2008. The new law dramatically expands consumer choice for winery-to-consumer purchases made by Illinois wine consumers. Under the new law, wineries in all 50 states may purchase a permit to ship. Under the old law, wineries […]

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Illinois wine shipping bill signed by governor

Governor Blagojevich signed HB 429 yesterday, temporarily ending an extremely tough battle to pass wine shipping legislation in Illinois. The new laws will not take effect until June 1st, 2008. Illinois will move from a reciprocal state to a permit state for winery direct shipping and will also enable limited self distribution for wineries that […]

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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 […]

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