Category: Spirits

07/16
2019

TTB Offers Temporary Voluntary Disclosure Program for Owner/Operator Changes

According to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), a significant number of wholesalers and importers have failed to keep their Federal Basic Permits up to date. Failure to report changes to a Federal Basic Permit to TTB can result in suspension of the federal license and hefty fines.  To address this issue […]

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07/03
2019

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

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 […]

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06/13
2019

Compli Digest | Supreme Court Ruling DTC Repercussions, TTB Investigations, Distilled Spirits Standards, 3-Tier Wine Symposium

In this week’s digest, learn more about how an upcoming Supreme Court ruling could have far-reaching effects and the high-risk, high-reward consequences of that ruling. Rob Tobiassen comments on TTB investigations and TTB responds to petitions concerning standards of fill for distilled spirits. Lastly, we hear from an attendee at the inaugural 3-Tier Wine Symposium […]

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04/18
2019

Weekly Digest | Contradictory Liquor Laws, TX Blue Laws, AL DTC Shipping, PA Expanding Consumer Access, Tricky AVAs

In this week’s digest, we discuss contradictory alcohol laws across the nation plus Texas’ “Blue Laws” on Liquor. Alabama is deciding if it will end its prohibition on direct-to-consumer wine and beer shipping and Pennsylvania is considering expanding consumer access to distilled spirits. Lastly, AVA rules get complicated as regions cross borders. Are Crazy State […]

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04/08
2019

Weekly Digest | Heineken Compromises with TTB, Wine Institute Moves, MO Ban Upheld, KS 3.2 Beer, OK Law Changes

In this week’s digest, Heineken pays TTB the largest compromise ever and Wine Institute makes a move. The court upholds the Missouri shipping ban and Kansas becomes one of the last states to remove the 3.2 rule. And lastly, Oklahoma makes some big changes to their laws with one little word. Heineken USA to Pay […]

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12/16
2018

What to expect if TTB shuts down this week

Déjà vu all over again. We’re ending 2018 with the same drill we started with in 2018. Unless a federal short-term temporary funding bill passes next week, the TTB could be closed into the New Year. Lawmakers from both parties have negotiated deals with bipartisan support approving more than three quarters of the 2019 budget, […]

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12/13
2018

Weekly Digest | CO Sales Tax Delay, TTB Enforcement Settlement, Regulatory Roundup, Napa Permits, Hemp Legalization, WI Priorities

In this week’s digest, we look into an additional delay in the rollout of Colorado’s new sales tax rules, a wholesaler dishes out a massive payout to TTB, an overview of the most relevant provisions of the California ABC Act, an update of Napa County’s new winery use permit compliance resolution, a new law that […]

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12/05
2018

Weekly Digest | New Wholesale Portal, TTB Label Rulemaking, Impactful Retailer Shipping Decision, Napa Compliance Policy Changes

In this week’s digest, we examine the all-new Wholesale Laws for Wineries portal, a new rulemaking document from TTB, a momentous court ruling in Illinois, and Napa County presents a new resolution for compliance policy. Announcing the All New Wholesale Laws for Wineries Site We are proud to announce that through collaboration with the Wine […]

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11/28
2018

Weekly Digest | TTB Goals, WSWA Files Amicus Brief, Wine Label Controversy, Live CA Hearing

In this week’s digest, we explore TTB’s strategic plan for the next five years, WSWA files an amicus brief in the upcoming Byrd Supreme Court Case, Copper Cane is officially ordered to change their labels, winemakers question the U.S. standards for labeling wine, and Legislature’s Wine and Governmental Organization Committees hold a hearing to discuss […]

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11/20
2018

When TTB Accomplishes Their Goals, We All Win

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently released their strategic plan for the next fives years. Since what TTB does impacts everyone in the alcohol beverage industry, it’s useful to understand where they want to be in 2022. In order to identify their goals and their operating environment, TTB conducted environmental scans, […]

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