Weekly Digest | The Aftermath of the TN Wine Ruling, OR Grape Taxes, CT DTC Retailer Shipping, TTB Repeals Fill Standards

July 3, 2019

In this week’s digest, the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America President and CEO comments on the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Tennessee wine case. Irish Liquor Lawyer makes speculations on the future of beverage alcohol cases. Oregon wineries are insisting that out-of-state wineries pay the same taxes they pay on Oregon grapes and Connecticut opens up to out-of-state retailer DTC wine shipping. Lastly, TTB repeals the standards of fill for both wine and distilled spirits containers. 

Wine Wholesalers React to the Court’s Support of Retailers 

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling struck down Tennessee’s residency requirement for retailers but it also opened the gate for questions about if wineries should enjoy the same privileges as retailers. Hear what Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America President and CEO, Michelle Korsmo, has to say about the recent ruling and what it means for wine and spirits shipping in general. 

Tennessee Wine Case’s Big Winner: Data Geeks  

Now that the dust has settled around the Tennessee wine case, what does the Supreme Court’s decision really mean? The Irish Liquor Lawyer reviews the outcome and speculates on how the next big liquor case could be decided by data and not by lawyers. 

Wineries Outside Oregon Would Have to Pay Same Grape Tax as In-State Wineries Under Proposed Law  

Oregon wineries are demanding equality by insisting that out-of-state wineries pay the same $25-per-ton grape tax as in-state wineries when purchasing Oregon grapes. The Oregon Wine Tonnage Tax Fairness Act was passed by both the Senate and the House. As long as the governor signs the bill into law, it will take effect on July 1, 2021.

New Connecticut Law Allowing Retailer Direct to Consumer Wine Shipments Effective 

Effective earlier this week, Senate Bill 647 creates a new permit allowing out-of-state retailers to sell and ship wine directly to Connecticut consumers. Read on for more information regarding application instructions and guidance.

TTB Publishes NPRMs to Repeal Standards of Fill for Wine and Distilled Spirits

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published two eagerly anticipated notices of rulemaking earlier this week. These rules would repeal the standards of fill for both wine and distilled spirits containers. See what the highlights are.

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