Compli Beverage Blog

08/24
2018

The Wine BAM is Back!

The TTB Beverage Alcohol Manual (BAM) for Wine is back!  After a long hiatus, this informative resource is back in circulation. TTB removed the BAM from their website when certain key wine label requirements changed; including the 7% ABV labeling regulations, and the addition of the American appellation.  You’ll also find references to updated regulations in […]

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08/15
2018

Five Things Your Winery Can Do to Prepare for Oklahoma DTC Wine Shipping

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Andrea Steffes-Tuttle, co-founder of Think Wine, a digital marketing education company. Last week, Compli shared the news that wineries who want to expand their DTC programs into Oklahoma on October 1st can start applying now. You can find the rules for direct wine shippers in Oklahoma […]

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08/15
2018

California ABC adds guidance on CBD infusions: No!

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) recently updated their Industry Advisory on Cannabis and Alcoholic Beverages to answer questions about the sale and use of cannabidiol (CBD) products derived from hemp. As we outlined in January, the initial guidance made it clear that while individuals can hold both alcohol and cannabis licenses simultaneously, […]

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08/13
2018

California DTC shipments must include Prop 65 warnings effective August 30th

If you’re like one of the vast majority of wineries in the United States, you most likely have a wine club or allocation program in place to ship your wine to consumers all over the country; including the largest wine consuming state, California. Are you aware that new regulations go into effect in two weeks […]

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08/08
2018

Minnesota and Iowa will Begin to Collect Sales Tax from Some Wineries

We’re already feeling the impact of the big South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Supreme Court Ruling on Internet sales tax collection. Both Minnesota and Iowa are jumping on the Wayfair bandwagon as Minnesota’s economic nexus law will take effect on October 1st, and Iowa’s will take effect on January 1st. If you make more than […]

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08/02
2018

Compliance Tips for Small Wineries

Editor’s Note: We recently collaborated with Chris Towt at VineSpring to put together some basic compliance guidance for small wineries. As an eCommerce provider, VineSpring shared their perspective on the DTC challenges and the compliance considerations that small wineries should account for to limit risk for their DTC program. Staying Compliant in a Challenging Industry Starting […]

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08/01
2018

Oklahoma OKs DTC Wine Shipping Applications in Advance of 10/1 Start Date

The long wait for Oklahoma DTC wine shipping is nearly over. On October 1st, 2018, Oklahoma will be the 45th state to allow direct shipments of wine to consumers. Wineries that want to hit the ground running on October 1st can now apply, as the Oklahoma ABLE Commission just released the Direct Wine Shipper Permit […]

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07/26
2018

Virginia Changes License Fees and Cider Taxation

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Mary Beth Williams. Mary Beth is the President of Williams Compliance, a compliance services provider based in Hanover County, Virginia. Fees Increasing There have been some big changes in Virginia in the last few weeks. As of July 1, 2018, both application fees and Wine Shippers […]

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06/18
2018

Virginia Announces Fee Increases for Wine and Beer Licenses

For all licenses, effective July 1, 2018 and beyond, the Virginia ABC has raised direct ship wine and beer license application fees from $65 to $195. The tax for all wine and beer shipper licenses are increased from $95 to $230. Licensees that already paid the old rates will receive notices from the Virginia ABC […]

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05/29
2018

Regulatory Recap: Takeaways from the Mid-Year Beverage Alcohol Compliance Updates Event

We had a blast today at the Mid-Year Regulatory Updates event in our office in Paso Robles. A sold-out crowd of 50 people showed up to discuss recent compliance developments at the state and federal levels with our team and with Annie Bones, State Compliance Specialist for Wine Institute. For those that couldn’t make it, […]

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