Author: Kristin Carlton, Vice President of Compliance

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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08/01
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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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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05/20
2018

Maine Launches New Online Registration System

Maine wholesale licensing, renewals, brand registration, price posting and distributor appointments are now all online using their new online system. This new service allows out of state malt liquor and wine suppliers to file for the following: New application to become licensed as a Certificate of Approval (COA) in Maine and complete other licensing requirements […]

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05/03
2018

Solicitors will no longer need to be licensed in South Dakota

South Dakota has revised their alcohol laws in a big way (over 100 changes) with the passage of HB 1070. The bill, which was signed by the Governor in March, cleans up numerous issues in the code and removes unnecessary language. One of the biggest changes is that, effective July 1, 2018, South Dakota will no […]

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03/29
2018

South Dakota warns about age verification, direct shipping enforcement

The South Dakota Department of Revenue (DOR) is putting wineries on notice that it will begin enforcing multiple provisions of the direct shipping statutes. In a “nice friendly reminder” email to those holding licenses to ship wine to South Dakota consumers, the DOR outlined five different provisions that they will start enforcing over the next […]

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03/26
2018

Colorado rescinds advanced product approval requirement

Effective August 2018, the state of Colorado will no longer require that brands are registered thirty days prior to being imported into the state.  Previously, importers and manufacturers were required to register brands for approval at least 30 days before the product(s) were able to be sold in the state.  Brand registration is still required, […]

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02/16
2018

TTB releases revised Report of Wine Premises Operations

Just in time for the February 15th due date, TTB posted a new version of the Report of Wine Premises Operations on their website. As we reported in January, the revised form was necessary to report the new excise tax classes that were established in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The new 5120.17 form, […]

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02/15
2018

TTB updates training resources

TTB often participates in industry seminars and conferences to provide training and industry updates, as well as conducting their own webinars and seminars. For those of you in the industry that can’t make it to the conferences or webinars, TTB shares their training and presentation PowerPoints with the industry via their website. These can be […]

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01/14
2018

TTB issues preliminary guidance on federal excise tax changes

In a flurry of activity at the end of the year, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and the President signed the bill on December 22nd. As we explained last month, the new law includes significant reductions in federal excise taxes for most suppliers of beverage alcohol. These tax changes became […]

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