BevAlc Roundup | Craft Beverage and Modernization Act Part Deux, the Oregon Wine Symposium is a Success, and Zinfandel’s Curious History

Daniel Kostrzewa | February 25, 2019

For the Roundup this week we look at the slate of beverage alcohol bills before the California legislature in 2019, the DtC Report confirms Nielsen data showing strong growth in Oregon wines, and what the new face of whiskey drinkers is and why it’s a welcome change.

In case you haven’t heard, the 2019 DtC Report has been published! Download your copy today here.

Thanks for reading the RoundUp this week. As ever, be sure to check out the rest of the ShipCompliant blog for regular updates, and we’ll see you again soon.

Regulatory news and discussions

TTB Newsletter | This week’s top news includes that we have reopened the comment period for the proposed establishment of the West Sonoma Coast AVA, we’ve resolved 7 trade practice cases stemming on a 2018 joint TTB/California ABC investigation, and we’re providing information about how to use the Public COLA Registry. TTB

2019 Legislative Changes for California Alcohol Producers — A Blessing or a Curse? | It wouldn’t be a new year without new changes to the California ABC Act, making compliance an elusive target for even the most diligent licensees. Booze Rules

New Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Bill Introduced to Make Excise Tax Cuts Permanent | A bipartisan bill was introduced Wednesday in the U.S. Senate to make the alcohol excise tax cuts approved in 2017 permanent. Wine Business

Bill Stopping Wine Shipments to New Mexico Consumers Benefits Middlemen | The National Association of Wine Retailers (NAWR) has announced its opposition to, and astonishment with, a bill moving through the New Mexico legislature that would remove consumers’ right to receive wine shipments from out-of-state wine stores. NAWR

Poll: Majority Wants End to State’s Liquor Monopoly | An Elon University Poll finds 52 percent of North Carolinians contacted support closing the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control system. Laurinburg Exchange

Wine Win Likely at the Supreme Court | US editor W. Blake Gray mulls over how the Supreme Court will come down in a crucial decision.

Industry updates: market conditions and developments

More Than 2,000 Wine Industry Professionals Attend Oregon Wine Symposium | The purpose of the Oregon Wine Symposium is to showcase the Oregon wine industry, which currently employs over 30,000 people, and generates over $5.6 billion dollars annually. Wine Business

Nielsen and ShipCompliant Reports Confirm Exceptional Consumer Demand for Oregon Wine | Oregon wine sales grew 12.4% in 2018, revealing a trajectory eight times the growth of wine nationally. Wine Industry Advisor

US Shutdown: “Long-Term Implications” for Spirits | The government shutdown in the US has had a troubling effect on drinks producers in the country and overseas. The Spirits Business

Craft Tax Cuts Big Business a Break | Billionaires got the biggest tax break under the Trump Administration, so it stands to reason that the nation’s biggest beer brewers and wineries also scored a huge tax cut in 2017 for the “craft beverages” they produce.

Direct Sales Winners and Losers | Different attitudes to the DtC model are splitting the industry into different markets.


The New Face of the Average Whiskey Drinker: Young, Pierced, and Female | Whiskey used to be the purview of grumpy old men. But hip young women have a new enthusiasm for single malts. Robb Report

Discovering the Origin of Zinfandel | The pursuit of an ancient vine material provides an avenue for cultural and technological exchange in wine–from Croatia to California. SevenFifty Daily

Why Breweries Are Opening Locations in Malls | Affordable real estate and ample foot traffic are just two factors attracting brewers to shipping centers. SevenFifty Daily

The Wines You Should Buy in 2019, According to Critic Robert Parker | We’re living in a Golden Age of Wine. Let’s raise our glass to the good stuff. Robb Report


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