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804, 2024

CWA Recruiting Industry Professionals to Serve on New Advisory Council

By |April 8, 2024|Categories: News|

The council members will play a significant role in assisting the Association in creating and prioritizing its future policy agenda aimed at supporting small and mid-sized wineries' ability to expand direct-to-consumer sales and direct sales to trade partners.

2703, 2024

Attention Craft Wineries! Deadline for TTB Comments on Bottle Labeling is March 29th 

By |March 27, 2024|Categories: News|

The TTB is actively seeking input from small craft wineries across the nation as part of a regulatory review process. This is a unique opportunity to influence future regulations impacting the labeling and advertising of wine and distilled spirits.

2703, 2024

Major Milestone: National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights Receives Support from More Than 100 Organizations 

By |March 27, 2024|Categories: News|

The National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights has reached a major milestone of support with more than 100 organizations, including 93 producer businesses and twelve producer associations, agreeing on the set of principles designed to help educate policymakers and modernize direct shipping regulations.

802, 2024

Update: National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights Receives Support from More Than 60 Organizations

By |February 8, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: |

The National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights has reached a major milestone of support with more than fifty producer businesses and ten producer associations agreeing on the set of principles designed to help educate policymakers and modernize direct shipping regulations.  

802, 2024

TTB Announces Public Listening Sessions on Labeling and Advertising of Wine and Distilled Spirits

By |February 8, 2024|Categories: News|

Held on February 28 and 29, the sessions are part of the Biden Administration’s rulemaking process after the Department of the Treasury’s February 2022 report on “Competition in the Markets for Beer, Wine, and Spirits” following the President’s Executive Order 14036 to “to reduce the trend of corporate consolidation, increase competition, and deliver concrete benefits to America’s consumers, workers, and small businesses.”

802, 2024

CalRecycle to Host Webinar on Recycling Program for Small Wineries

By |February 8, 2024|Categories: News|

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) will host a special webinar on Feb. 23 for small wineries related to this year's expansion of California's recycling program to include wine and distilled spirits bottles, the department announced.

2301, 2024

National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights Receives Support from More Than 30 Organizations

By |January 23, 2024|Categories: Gated|Tags: |

The National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights has reached a major milestone of support with more than twenty producer businesses and ten producer associations agreeing on the set of principles designed to help educate policymakers and modernize direct shipping regulations.  

501, 2024

CWA Call to Action: Comment on CalRecycle’s Draft Regulations on Beverage Recycling Changes

By |January 5, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: |

As part of the new changes to California's recycling program, CalRecycle held an informal public workshop on December 18th to solicit feedback from the industry for draft regulatory language to implement SB 1013, which, as of this year, includes wine and distilled spirits bottles.

811, 2023

CalRecycle to Discuss Expansion of California’s Recycling Program at Craft Wine Association Meeting

By |November 8, 2023|Categories: Featured, News|

At the next Craft Wine Association meeting on Nov. 15, representatives from CalRecycle will provide an overview of new changes to California's recycling program for producers to better understand how to comply. Starting on January 1, 2024, the program will include wine and distilled spirits in all container materials, including those packaged in a box, bladder or pouch, or similar container.   

2209, 2023

Ohio intends to file U.S. Supreme Court petition on wine retailer shipping case by Irish Liquor Lawyer

By |September 22, 2023|Categories: News|

The issue of retailer DTC shipping is heating up with the state of Ohio acknowledging that the 6th Circuit’s decision in Block v. Canepa presents a circuit split on the issue of whether direct shipping restrictions are upheld as a matter of law, like in the 4th and 8th Circuit, or whether they require a factual inquiry as indicated by the 1st and 7th Circuit. Read the article by Irish Liquor Lawyer.

1407, 2023

Self-Distribution is Fundamental for Craft Wineries

By |July 14, 2023|Categories: Featured|Tags: |

The Craft Wine Association (CWA), in association with Vinoshipper, has responded to proposed rulemaking under consideration by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). Over the past two years as a part of our advocacy program, the CWA has convened regular meetings with craft, independent wineries to develop consensus on important topics that have a direct impact on our industry. The Biden Administration has raised an important and timely question of whether the market structure allows for proper competition in the markets for beer, wine, and spirits, particularly for small craft producers. Large corporations and distributors  dominate the [...]

2306, 2023

Proposal to License Fulfillment Houses Threatens Direct Shipping

By |June 23, 2023|Categories: News|

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), a nonprofit organization that recommends model legislation for states, is pursuing harmful policies that threaten the Direct to Consumer (DTC) wine shipping industry, particularly with its recommendations that fulfillment houses be licensed and comply with complex administrative requirements.    

1506, 2023

Irish Liquor Lawyer: WSWA’s solution that just doesn’t square

By |June 15, 2023|Categories: News|

"We all agree that keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors is a responsible thing to do. But my question is if WSWA is crusading against DTC shipping as a responsible way to combat minor access to alcohol, why is it proposing an alternative that is less safe, then the activity you choose to ban?"  Read the article by Irish Liquor Lawyer here.

2305, 2023

NorthBay Biz: Wine Country and the Silicon Valley Bank Hangover

By |May 23, 2023|Categories: Industry, News|

It wasn’t until late Sunday, March 26 that First Citizens Bancorp (FCNCA) agreed to purchase most of SVB, including its wine division at a discount price. The wine platform has been the dominant lender in Napa and Sonoma for three decades, so the bank shutdown caused consternation in the wine country.

2404, 2023

Fermentation: California Wineries Should Work To End The State’s Discriminatory Wine Law

By |April 24, 2023|Categories: Industry|

When the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that a state may not allow its own wineries to ship wine to residents in the state, but ban out-of-state wineries from doing the same thing it brought about a sea change in how wine was distributed in the U.S., particularly by small wineries. It was the result of a good strategy that was paid for primarily by California wineries. It’s for this reason, among others, that California should change its own discriminatory laws where wine distribution is concerned.

1704, 2023

California to Expand Definition of ‘Beverage’ to Include Wine and Distilled Spirits: Impact on Industry and New Regulations

By |April 17, 2023|Categories: Featured, Industry|Tags: |

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has announced a webinar on May 10, 2023, to discuss the expansion of California's Beverage Container Recycling Program to include wine and distilled spirits. This comes after Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1013 (SB1013, Atkins, Chapter 610, Statutes of 2022) into law on September 27, 2022, effective January 1, 2023.

1104, 2023

Wine Searcher: Wine Promotion Rules a Minefield

By |April 11, 2023|Categories: News|

A recent legal case provides some interesting insight into how governmental regulatory agencies, including the national regulatory agency the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the myriad state alcohol beverage control boards (ABCs), enforce marketing and social media promotions executed by wineries and their wholesalers and importers.

2303, 2023

Steven Harrison to Chair Craft Wine Association Advocacy Group

By |March 23, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |

Steven Harrison, CEO of Vinoshipper and Complete DTC, has been appointed to serve as chair of the Craft Wine Association’s Advocacy Group which formed in 2022 after a yearlong series of meetings with the wine industry.

2203, 2023

WIN: New Website Targets Harms Caused by Three-Tier System of Alcohol Regulation

By |March 22, 2023|Categories: News|

The three-tier system of alcohol distribution is nearly 90 years old. Yet, despite massive cultural, economic, social, and technological changes that have occurred since the 1930s, the system still governs how alcohol is distributed in most states. A new website, “Fermenting Change”, has launched outlining the various ways this archaic system harms the alcohol industry and prevents consumers from accessing the products they want. The new website also offers an alternative to the three-tier system necessary to bring alcohol regulation into the 21st century.

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