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Posts from the Enforcement Category

Virginia Passes Fix-It Bill for Third Party Shippers

By Terri Cofer Beirne, Eastern Counsel, Wine Institute

Wine Institute Eastern Counsel Terri Beirne has been working since July 2009 with the Virginia ABC Board, and representatives of Wine America and the Virginia wineries to resolve problems created by Virginia ABC Circular Letter 09-05. That Circular prohibited Virginia direct wine shippers from using any third-party service providers, namely fulfillment or pick and pack [...]

April 1st, 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

Montana: No Federal Onsite Shipments, Please

By Sarah Fine - ShipCompliant Research Team

The Montana Dept. of Revenue, Liquor Control Division recently confirmed that consumers in Montana are prohibited from receiving direct wine shipments under the Federal Onsite provision (sec. 11022 of Public Law 107-273). Montana law only allows consumers with a connoisseur’s license to receive direct wine shipments. However, the common carriers, FedEx and UPS, have NOT [...]

October 6th, 2009

Wine Institute Working To Clarify Impact Of VA ABC Circular 09-05

By Terri Cofer Beirne, Eastern Counsel, Wine Institute

Wine Institute and other industry representatives met with the Virginia ABC this week concerning their July 22, 2009 circular No. 09-05 governing use of third party service providers in direct shipments.   The ABC staff was well aware of the concerns nationwide that their recent opinion has generated, but remained firm in their position that such [...]

August 7th, 2009

Virginia Goes Circular on Third Party Shippers

By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

If you are licensed to ship wine into the Commonwealth of Virginia, you likely received the following letter last week from the Virginia ABC. TO: All Virginia Licensed Shippers FROM: Francis J. Monahan, Director, Bureau of Law Enforcement SUBJECT: UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICES DATE: July 22nd, 2009 In state and out of state Virginia shipper licensees may [...]

August 4th, 2009