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OCTOBER 17, 2018 – WINE NEWS FETCH

Wine Industry Insight RSS - 9 hours 56 min ago
TOP NEWS At $20 million, Vinfolio — after 15 years of financial instability — moves into #12 position in wine tech funding series Rootstock expert, Jim Wolpert dies US online grocery sales to quadruple by 2023 Vermont leads nation in per capita craft breweries Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace Here’s how to avoid […]
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At $20 million, Vinfolio — after 15 years of financial instability — moves into #12 position in wine tech funding series

Wine Industry Insight RSS - 10 hours 28 min ago
NOTE: Given the wine industry’s general lack of financial transparency, the confirmed investments in this article are most likely lower than actual amounts. Wine Industry Insight sent a courtesy draft of this chart to the company and requested any corrections or comments. No response was received.   Vinfolio was founded in 2003 by wine collector […]
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IBWSS London Opens Visitor Registration. Sign Up For Special Early Bird Conference Pricing.

Wine Industry Insight RSS - 10 hours 39 min ago
In March 2019, London will once again be the host city for the annual International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS), taking place at The Royal Horticultural Halls on March 11-12. The event is the single biggest gathering of private label, bulk wine, bulk spirits and contract brewing participants in the UK. Throughout the two-day […]
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Vinfolio Raises $5 Million and Launches Mobile App Under New Leadership

Wine Industry Insight RSS - 11 hours 29 min ago
FROM THE March 21, 2018 NEWS RELEASE   Vinfolio.com has announced a fresh injection of capital to support a shift in business model, a new leadership team, and the release of a new iOS mobile app.   First founded in 2003, Vinfolio underwent a major turning point in 2016 when Don St. Pierre Jr. took over […]
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Vermont leads nation in per capita craft breweries

Wine Industry Insight RSS - 12 hours 20 min ago
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Colorado Announces New Rules for Remote Sellers That Could Affect DtC Wineries

Ship Compliant Wine Blog - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 16:46

These are heady days for sales tax wonks, as state after state works to pass rules and regulations that will allow them to impose sales tax obligations on sellers with no physical presence in their borders. This state of affairs was set up earlier this year by a U.S. Supreme Court decision, South Dakota v. Wayfair, which we have written about here.

Generally, these amended rules will not change things for wineries making direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipments, as many states already required them to collect sales tax as a condition of getting a DtC license. However, there were a few exceptions.

Recently, one of those exceptions, Colorado, announced that it will soon begin requiring out-of-state sellers to start collecting and remitting sales tax on their sales to Colorado residents. This will equally affect wineries shipping DtC into the state as it does any other remote seller.

According to the notice issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue, starting on December 1, 2018, remote sellers will need to begin collecting sales tax on their sales to the state if in either the previous or current calendar year they have made $100,000 or more in gross sales delivered in Colorado, including exempt sales; or 200 or more separate transactions selling goods delivered in Colorado.

Notably, this change will also affect any winery that has already has a Retailer Use Tax account in Colorado. If you have a Retailer Use Tax account, and will exceed the thresholds listed above, you will need to close that account and create a new Sales Tax Account.

Businesses can register their Sales Tax Accounts as of November 1, 2018, and new registrants will not be required to collect sales tax on sales made before December 1, 2018. Information from the state about these rule changes, and how to manage your Colorado tax accounts can be found here.

This all comes in light of a recent post by the Tax Foundation ranking Colorado last among states in their preparation to collect sales tax from remote sellers. And indeed, there are many unsettled questions regarding these rule changes. One major open question is how local taxes will be administered. According to the Colorado DOR, signing up for a Sales Tax Account will only obligate the registrant to collect and remit state-administered taxes (these include the state rate of 4.2%, along with some county, city, and district rates that are filed with the state regulators).

However, Colorado permits 349 county, city, and district tax jurisdictions to operate independently, including the administration, registration, collecting, and filing of sales taxes. This creates an enormous hassle for businesses by establishing separate tax systems within the state.

The latest information from Colorado is unclear as to whether remote sellers will be obligated to collect local-administered taxes, or just state taxes. But if the state does determine that local taxes will need to be collected, that will go far outside the bounds of what Justice Kennedy delineated as permissible for a state in the Wayfair ruling. While no challenge has yet been leveled against these new rules, Colorado seems to be blithely walking into potential litigation.

It is little surprise that states want to jump on the post-Wayfair bandwagon and begin reaping a new source of tax revenue. But Colorado’s situation should underscore the need for a careful, deliberate approach when establishing a tax scheme for remote sellers. Old rules that seemed to work when all but a vanishingly small amount of retailers had physical locations in the state cannot be easily mapped onto out-of-state sellers.

At this time no legal challenge has been announced, but it is eminently conceivable that these rules will have to be litigated.

Still, wineries selling DtC into Colorado who meet the above thresholds should pay careful attention to these rule changes, plan appropriately, and make any needed adjustments in their tax accounts and elsewhere to make sure they will meet their obligations in the state. As things develop, if challenges arise or the state clarifies its rules, we will make sure to keep you informed.

 

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OCTOBER 16, 2018 – WINE NEWS FETCH

Wine Industry Insight RSS - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:23
TOP NEWS Master Sommeliers stonewall significant scandal questions Sonoma overtakes Napa in DtC shipment volume Gen Z! That’s what you call the post-Millennial Generation now coming of legal drinking age Cannabis acquisitions by AlcBev firms will increase Here’s how to avoid costly mistakes by managing your barrel inventory with bar codes – Click now to […]
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10 Key Steps to Expanding Your Brewery’s Footprint

Ship Compliant Wine Blog - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:34

Establishing your brewery’s brand in a crowded craft beer market can be challenging enough, and entering new markets with new products adds more fuel to the fire. But these challenges can be even further complicated by the bevy of regulations that apply to those in the beverage alcohol space. Between licensing, distribution logistics, and compliance obligations issued by governments at the local, state, and federal levels, expanding your brewery’s footprint can seem like a minefield at time.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. To help walk you through the preparation you need to complete before successfully conquering new territories and introducing new products to the market, we’ve put together a comprehensive – and free! – guide, “10 Key Steps to Expanding Your Brewery’s Footprint.” Figure out exactly what you need to do to become market-ready, from assessing your internal capabilities to knowing your audience to developing a foolproof expansion strategy to staying on top of compliance.

 

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10 Key Steps to Expanding Your Winery’s Footprint

Ship Compliant Wine Blog - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 16:24

Branching out into new territories and launching new products can be challenging in a beverage alcohol industry ripe with regulatory requirements and complications. Between licensing, market analysis, distribution and supply chain logistics, and complying with regulations imposed by governments at the state, local, and federal levels, expanding your winery’s footprint can be one landmine of potential noncompliance after another.

How can you successfully navigate these complications, and ensure your products are ready to hit the market on time while fulfilling all your obligations? Fear not – we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to conquering the tricky landscape of getting your products to market! Learn what you need to know to prepare your business for growth, from assessing your own internal capabilities to building the right strategy to sorting out logistics and compliance issues.

 

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BevAlc Roundup | “Granholm 2” Enters the Spotlight, a Cheating Scandal Roils Latest Sommelier Exam, and Augmented Reality for Wineries

Ship Compliant Wine Blog - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 13:27

It’s well into October now, which means the leaves are turning, the grape harvest is winding down, and all the beer is pumpkin spiced. Now’s also a chance for a brief pause before things really pick up for the holiday season, so why not relax a bit with the Roundup?

This week we have a couple in-case-you-missed-it posts from the regular blog feed on developments in the courts: first, our take on Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Ass’n v. Byrd, a case out of Tennessee that will no doubt take up much of the oxygen over the next few months; and second, a Michigan case that once again rules that the state can’t discriminate against out-of-state retailers when creating retailer DtC shipping laws. Then, we look at what the recently negotiated USMCA trade agreement could mean for trading wine, how the 2018 harvest is shaping up (spoiler: it’s looking great!), and what an upcoming wine auction shows about historical tastes and preferences.

In other news for this week’s Roundup, wineries are facing added pressure from Chinese tariffs, the beer industry discusses where it can find growth in the future, and American saké is coming into its own.

Stay up to date with the latest trends in the DtC wine market with the Sovos/Wines & Vines 2018 DtC Report. Make sure to download your copy here!

 

Regulatory News and Discussions

TTB Newsletter | Top stories includes updated guidance for the wine industry on filing returns and reports annually, and reminders about changes you can make to previously approved alcohol beverage labels that don’t require you to get a new COLA. TTB

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Tennessee Case Many Are Calling “Granholm 2” |

Byrd presents the opportunity for the Court to clarify many questions left unsettled after Granholm. ShipCompliant by Sovos

Michigan Court Rules Against Discriminatory Retailer Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Law — Again |  The case, Lebamoff Enterprises v. Snyder, is the second time in a decade that a court has ruled against a Michigan law of this type. ShipCompliant by Sovos

California Wine Achieved Major Wine With USMCA Trade Deal | American wine industry executives said U.S. trade negotiations with Canada produced meaningful progress in eliminating some protectionist policies, particularly in the province of British Columbia. CNBC

California Wineries Will Be Allowed To Post Photos To Social Media Ahead of Special Events | Assembly Bill 2452 which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Sept. 22, gives wineries and alcohol producers the opportunity to post the photos ahead of the special event. Winebusiness.com

Tied-House Law Update | During the Wine, Beer & Spirits Law Conference, Marc Sorini discussed recent legal developments in federal and state trade practice law. Alcohol Law Advisor

Oregon Lawmaker Seek Probe of Winery Deception | Say labels infer California wine actually from Oregon. KTVA-21

 

Industry Updates: Market Conditions and Developments

2018 Could Be “One for the Record Books” | Napa and Sonoma grapegrowers report extended hang time and steady picking pace, yielding healthy and “happy” grapes. Wines&Vines

Cheating Scandal Invalidates Latest Master Sommelier Tasting Exam | Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, reports that passing candidates must retake the tasting portion. SevenFifty Daily

Led By $23 Million Purchase of Cisco Brewers, Craft Brew Alliance Buys 3 Beer Companies | CBA, a publicly traded craft brewery group headquartered in Portland, Ore., today announced that it would wholly acquire Massachusetts’ Cisco Brewers, North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Miami’s Wynwood Brewing. Brewbound

The Millennial Wine Smell Test: Non-Conforming Beverages | Wine and beer crossovers defy convention. How are they being marketed to younger drinkers? Wine Spectator

 

Digestif

What “Amazon Effect?” Wholesalers Conflate Issues | Wholesalers and retailers have a new boogeyman to scare legislators. It’s called Amazon. And in a few states they are conflating the so-called “Amazon effect” to prevent the expansion of consumer choice with winery direct shipping. Free the Grapes!

Augmented Reality for Wine: Past, Present & Future | With Treasury, Gallo, and other wine producers launching their own augmented reality wine apps, it’s worth reviewing the evolution of this digital marketing tactic within the wine industry and what to expect in the future. Medium

Wine As History, Not Just Industry | Christie’s, in advance of an important December auction, describes the discovery and character of a historic cache of old Madeira found in New Jersey’s Liberty Hall Museum at Keen University back in 2016. Fermentation

 

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OCTOBER 15, 2018 – WINE NEWS FETCH

Wine Industry Insight RSS - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:22
TOP NEWS Calif wine Supply is Hitting an Oversupply Tipping Point PG&E cuts power to 17,000 customers in Sonoma, Napa & Lake counties over fire danger Fire risk prompts PG&E to cut power to 42,000 homes in Sierra foothills The world’s largest wine companies look tiny compared with the overall global market California winery works […]
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OCTOBER 12, 2018 – WINE NEWS FETCH

Wine Industry Insight RSS - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 10:17
TOP NEWS Young’s Market VP Narito named by Wine Searcher in Somm Scandal Too many grapes? N.Coast wine grape crop has fewer buying excess tonnage A closer look at the Supreme Court decision To Revisit Wine and Spirits DTC Napa’s winery foot traffic rebounded big time after Oct 2017 fires “China’s soaking up wine like […]
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Young’s Market VP Narito named by Wine Searcher in Somm Scandal

Wine Industry Insight RSS - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 08:33
  NOTE: Wine Industry Insight has reached out to Narito via Twitter, LinkedIn, and by leaving a comment on his web site (The Reggie Report). We are awaiting a reply. Wine Searcher identifies Master Sommelier at heart of Somm Scandal LinkedIn – Reggie Narito, VP of Fine Wine at Youngs Market Company LinkedIn profile back […]
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Napa’s winery foot traffic rebounded big time after Oct 2017 fires.

Wine Industry Insight RSS - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 07:51
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Consumers are unsure about GDPR. But they will stop buying your products if you breach personal data rules.

Wine Industry Insight RSS - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:30
Consumers are unsure about GDPR. But they will stop buying your products if you breach personal data rules. Source: Marketing Week
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OCTOBER 11, 2018 – WINE NEWS FETCH

Wine Industry Insight RSS - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 10:20
TOP NEWS Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas Board of Directors Establishes Parameters for Retests for Candidates Affected by Voided Exam Judge in SF may toss $289M Roundup judgment The quest to make California’s weed the Champagne of cannabis Here’s how to avoid costly mistakes by managing your barrel inventory with bar codes – Click now […]
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Lake County Winery Association Names Helena Welsh as New Executive Director

Wine Industry Insight RSS - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 09:35
NEWS RELEASE   Lakeport, CA – The Lake County Winery Association (LCWA) has announced the appointment of Helena Welsh as the association’s new Executive Director, effective as of August 6, 2018.   “I am thrilled to welcome Helena Welsh as our new Executive Director,” said Cindi Olof, LCWA Board Chair. “Helena has a strong background […]
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OCTOBER 10, 2018 – WINE NEWS FETCH

Wine Industry Insight RSS - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:00
TOP NEWS Master sommelier cheating scandal invalidates 23 new certifications Saucey ranks #13 in wine venture funding survey, #2 in on-demand delivery Man Accused of Stealing $1.2 Mil in Wine From Goldman CEO Commits Suicide 56 years worth of data shows 1971 was peak wine growth – unmatched since. Beer Volume Declines Continue, Despite Gains […]
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