Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is again asking the state’s legislators to put an end to a long-standing regulation that sets a minimum price at which retailers can offer wine and liquor for sale. The state’s law, enacted in 1981, currently prohibits sales below a minimum price determined by the wholesale cost, a figure set by […]

We may soon see NAFTA in the news for reasons other than politics… according to a representative of the California Wine Institute, U.S. trade representatives are preparing to file a formal complaint against a law passed in British Columbia in 2015, which allows grocery stores to sell wine.  The problem, they say, is the law […]

Unlike other alcoholic beverages, a fairly limited list of ingredients and substances are allowed to be used in the production of wines sold in interstate commerce.  The authority to promulgate regulations pertaining to wine is found under 26 U.S.C. Chapter 51 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).  IRC Section 5382 provides that proper cellar treatment of natural wine constitutes […]

Is your winery online? If you have an internet or social media presence, it’s important to know what kind of information you’re allowed to post, and what is prohibited. Any social media platform is considered, as a whole, an advertisement. What this means is that your entire Facebook page, website, Twitter page, YouTube channel, etc. […]

There are many hurdles an online retailer must overcome in order to be able to direct mail wine to your home. The Liquor Law Repeal and Enforcement Act, also referred to as the Webb-Kenyon Act, prohibits shipments of alcoholic beverages from one State into another State in violation of any law of the receiving State. Currently […]

It’s tough out there for any new business. Even in the best of economies, you have to deal with the formalities required by state and federal governments, filings, fees, and – let’s face it – lawyers. But some types of businesses have it especially bad, and high on that list is the new alcohol producer. […]

27 CFR 24.278, the small wine producers’ tax credit—beer and spirits producers, who do not enjoy a similar credit, might call it a loophole—strongly incentivizes domestic, still wine production by small and not-so-small wineries by reducing their excise tax liability on the first 100,000 gallons sold each year to almost nil. The tax credit originated […]

Colorado-based Madison Holdings, LLC owns Reata Winery in southern Napa County, a site formerly operated by Kirkland Ranch, where they produce approximately 200,000 gallons of wine annually. Last week, their quest to expand operations and increase production to 3.5 million gallons annually was stopped by the Napa County Planning Commission, who questioned whether you could […]

In December 2010, a group of winemakers in Bordeaux, France took action against the Bordeaux Wine Bureau (CIVB), protesting the membership fees they were charged by CIVB by virtue of their inclusion in the appellation. The fees can amount to tens of thousands of euros annually, and payment is mandatory; because there was no way […]

Thanks to the language of the Twenty-first Amendment, the body of laws governing the alcoholic beverage industry is a complex system involving regulations set by local jurisdictions (i.e. cities and counties), the states, and the federal government. Under this system, states are authorized to regulate the delivery and use of alcoholic beverages within their borders […]

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