BevAlc Roundup: First National Economic Impact Study of the American Wine Industry, Licensing Dilemma, and Small Brewery Taprooms

Harri Vivian | October 9, 2017

In this roundup, we take a look at the first national economic impact study of the American wine industry, the licensing dilemma, and the large impact that small brewery taprooms are having on direct-to-consumer sales.


The License Piggyback Dilemma — If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is | Many people figure there must be an easier way to get started than by locating a facility and applying for the complicated licenses and permits. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Hinman & Carmichael

Online Retailers Dominate Direct Wine Shipping In Pennsylvania | Pennsylvanians embraced their new ability to easily order wine directly from out of state, receiving $24.3 million worth at their homes or other addresses last year, according to new data from the state Liquor Control Board. The Inquirer

A Timely Message from Our Florida Colleagues on the Tied House Laws, the Three-Tier System and the Need for Reform | While the industry benefits from the basic framework and ideology of tied house laws, our modern economy demands more targeted exemptions and special classifications to both promote and regulate growth, according to Marbet Lewis. Hinman & Carmichael

Craft Tax Gives Fat Cats the Cream | A bill supposedly aiding artisan wine producers will do more for the major players, W. Blake Gray argues.


Wine America Unveils the First National Economic Impact Study of the American Wine Industry | WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, today unveiled a national economic impact study showing the wine industry’s total benefit to the American economy at $219.9 billion in 2017. Wine America

Bourbon Produces Consdier the Pros and Cons of Non-GMO Corn | Why some whisky brands are chooosing to use non-genetically modified corn. SevenFifty Daily

Interstate Wine Sales Threatened by Shippers | Common carriers, such as UPS and FedEx, are coming down hard on wine retailers who ship interstate. The crackdown is not a new law; UPS and FedEx are enforcing existing laws in many states that have not been friendly to wine shipping.

Winestyr Offers A New Twist On Wine Distribution In The United States | Most American wine sold by the large distributors is produced by about three major wine companies with holdings that reach beyond U.S. borders. Forbes

Amazon’s Plans To Sell Booze Run Afoul Of Regulators  | As long as Amazon sold alcohol online, things were simple (sort of). But as a brick-and-mortar retailer, Whole Foods has to comply with local regulations, and in most states these days there’s a holdover from the repeal of Prohibition that doesn’t permit “manufacturers” (i.e. wineries) to be in the retail sales business. Forbes


The Next Big Thing In Beer Is Being A Small Taproom | As states relax their rules on breweries selling directly to consumers, many are finding that a small footprint can have a big impact. NPR

Popping Cork Sound “Makes Wine Taste Better” | People who drink wine after hearing the sound of a cork popping are likely to think it tastes better, suggests a small study conducted by an Oxford University professor.

How Apple’s New Technology Will Overturn Wine Marketing | Improved functionality of Augemented Reality in Apple phones could soon make the process of selecting a wine much more interactive. Meininger’s Wine Business International

7 Tips From Jancis Robinson For Women in Wine | The world-renowned wine critic talks about being a woman in the business and gives advice to the next generation. SevenFifty Daily