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Siesta's Over

By R. Corbin Houchins Beverage Industry Counsel

On January 26th, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ended the puzzling status of interstate retailing in Texas created by the lower court’s decision in Siesta Village Market. The district court had ruled that out-of-state retailers had a Commerce Clause right to sell wine to Texas consumers, but only wine that had been purchased from [...]

January 27th, 2010

Virginia ABC Offers Interim Solutions for Wineries Shipping Through Third Party Service Providers

By Terri Cofer Beirne, Eastern Counsel, Wine Institute

On November 19, Terri Beirne, Wine Institute’s Eastern Counsel, met with the Virginia ABC Board, their Director, and representatives of Wine America and the Virginia wineries to continue discussions about the July Circular Letter 09-05 prohibiting direct shippers from using any third party service providers. Despite earlier indications, the Board has no plans to issue [...]

December 4th, 2009

Annual Filing Option Now Available for Direct Shippers in New York

By Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute

New York has recently amended its alcohol beverage tax regulations to allow certain wine distributors to file Form MT-40 (Wine Tax Return) on an annual basis rather than a monthly basis. Out-of-State wineries must be licensed by the New York State Liquor Authority as a direct shipper and submit the “Application for Annual Tax Return [...]

July 16th, 2009

Tennessee keeps the ball rolling on direct shipping

By Jane Hwang - ShipCompliant Research Team

Governor Phil Bredesen signed Senate Bill 166 into law today. With the passage of the bill, Tennessee will legally open its doors to winery direct shipping on July 1, 2009. Tennessee prohibited direct shipments from out-of-state wineries long before the landmark Granholm case. Even onsite shipments of wine were disallowed when the Attorney General issued [...]

June 5th, 2009

Wine Freedom in the South? Tennessee Direct Shipping Bill Passes the Senate

By Jane Hwang - ShipCompliant Research Team

Tennessee, one of 13 states that still bans direct-to-consumer shipping, took steps towards ending that association on April 13, 2009 when the Senate-approved Senate Bill 166, which allows direct shipments of wine. Currently, anyone who transports wine into Tennessee by bypassing the three-tier system is committing a felony (see Section 57-3-401.b of the Tennessee Code) [...]

April 27th, 2009