3 Sessions, Many Takeaways: Wine Summit Piccolo Event Recap

Delaney McDonald | July 9, 2020

Sovos ShipCompliant hosted the 15th annual Wine Summit a couple weeks ago, only this time it was a shortened “Piccolo” virtual version. This half-day event featured some of the most popular sessions and presentations originally scheduled for the cancelled live event back in May. The recorded version of the event is available to watch on-demand; in the meantime here are some of the highlights and quick facts from each presentation:

Welcome & Updates, with Larry Cormier, VP, GM Sovos ShipCompliant

Larry shared some perspective on Sovos ShipCompliant in the era of COVID-19 and beyond along with data on the direct-to-consumer (DtC) wine shipping market since the pandemic began earlier this year. 

Stay in the Know: Regulatory Panel, with Dexter Jones, Chief of Audit and Investigations, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Matthew Botting, General Counsel, California Alcoholic Beverage Control

Dexter Jones and Matthew Botting discussed several regulatory topics with Alex Koral, Senior Regulatory Counsel, Sovos ShipCompliant, including temporary legislation changes resulting from COVID-19, the Texas DtC shipper audits, barriers in the three-tier system, and compliance regulations around common carriers shipping alcohol.

State of the Industry, with Steve Gross, VP State Relations, Wine Institute

In his fifteenth annual Wine Summit address, Steve Gross shared that the Wine Institute continues its work on expanding shipping by opening new states and improving existing statutes, as well as protecting existing shipping privileges. As the pandemic worsened, they shifted to also prioritize allowing wineries to do production, DtC shipping and curbside pickup, allowing virtual tastings and dealing with common carrier COVID-19 protocols. 

Wine Institute COVID-19 information and resources


For more thorough information and discussion, get access to the event’s recordings and slides on-demand here.  And mark your calendar for the 2021 Sovos ShipCompliant Wine Summit, April 28-29 at the Napa Valley Marriott. We look forward to seeing you there!