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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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05/21
2018

Mid-Year Regulatory Updates – a Collaboration Event

Please join us at our office in Paso Robles on Tuesday, May 29th at 2:30 for a FREE event that is open to all compliance professionals. We’re excited to host this event with Wine Institute to bring you a mid-year update on state and federal regulatory updates across the country. We’ll look at the following […]

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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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05/18
2018

New Hampshire Reverses Course, will Reinstate Retailer Wine Shipper Permits

Last week, we wrote a blog post reporting that the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) was denying all retailer permits. We learned today that the NHLC will now reverse course and allow all retailers that were previously permitted but denied to be reinstated. They’ll also begin accepting new applications from retailers again. Based on our […]

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05/10
2018

New Hampshire is Rejecting All Retailer Direct Shipping Applications

If you’re a retailer currently shipping wine to New Hampshire under a valid Direct Shipper permit, expect a rejection letter come renewal time. Over the last several months, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) has rejected both all new applications and all renewal applications coming from retailers. Retail businesses that have held permits for years […]

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05/08
2018

Carrier Fix Clears the Way for Oklahoma to Become the 45th State to Allow DTC Wine Shipments

In the 2016 election, Oklahoma voters approved a ballot measure by a margin of 66% to 34% that would make Oklahoma the 45th state available to direct shipments of wine by wineries. Certain provisions of the ballot measure, however, put the October 1st, 2018 effective date in doubt as wineries and common carriers assessed the […]

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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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04/16
2018

The internet sales tax Supreme Court case is huge, but won’t impact wineries much

The US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will begin hearing arguments this week in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., and a likely outcome is that states like South Dakota will gain the authority to compel sellers like Wayfair to remit sales tax, even if they do not have a physical presence in the state. […]

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04/02
2018

UPS is now accepting wine shipments to Vermont

Vermont opened up for wineries to ship directly to consumers all the way back in 2006, but the state has remained elusive for UPS customers. That ended today (April 2nd, 2018), when UPS began accepting wine shipments for delivery to Vermont consumers. The Wine Contract Addendum on UPS’s wine website is not yet updated with […]

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