Free the Grapes! March 2019 Winery Update

The Hot States We have a lot to report since our last update in mid-January. New Jersey: We continue to aggressively leverage local press coverage and consumer support for two favorable bills which, if passed, will allow wineries producing more than 250,000 gallons of wine each vintage to ship. We strongly encourage you to include […]

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Free the Grapes! January 2019 Update

January 11, 2019 2018: YEAR IN REVIEW On January 3, Free the Grapes! and Wine Institute presented a status update on FTG actions to the public policy committee of the Napa Valley Vintners. We want to share highlights from that meeting because it provided a good overview of the role of Free the Grapes!, where we […]

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Free the Grapes! November 2018 Update

November 7, 2018   NEW JERSEY PRESS CONFERENCE LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE CAPACITY CAP Free the Grapes! launched its campaign in Trenton on October 17 with a successful press conference to support two favorable bills that would remove the 250k gallon capacity cap. TV, radio and print media outlets covered the issue, including local nightly […]

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Press Conference in New Jersey Launches Free the Grapes! Campaign

New Jersey’s Free the Grapes! campaign launched October 17 with a press conference at the Trenton State House. The conference included national leaders of the effort and generated substantial media coverage. Press Coverage included: NJ 101.5 Radio, New Jersey WPVI-TV ABC Philadelphia (2 segments) WTXF-TV FOX Philadelphia (see video file above) WWOR-TV FOX New York […]

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Free the Grapes! August 2018 Update

DTC WINE SYMPOSIUM: INTERESTED IN SPEAKING? The Workshop Sessions committee is looking for qualified speakers for the DTC Wine Symposium, January 23-24, 2019, at the Hilton Concord Hotel in Concord, CA. The Committee has created a Request for Proposal with suggested topics and info: see the pdf file link at the top of this page. […]

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Free the Grapes! May 2018 Update

FREE THE GRAPES! BLOG Free the Grapes! recently started a blog to address key issues for wineries. Current posts on our blog page include: WSWA Comments on Retailer DTC: A Little Fact Checking is in Order Why is Retailer DTC Shipping So Restricted? What is DTC Shipping? Outside the wine industry, the definition gets a […]

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Free the Grapes! April 2018 Update

In this Issue DTC Wine Symposium: Save the Date! Wine Institute and Compli Launch New Compliance Website New Website in Works for Free the Grapes Legislative Updates: 2018 Sessions in Full Swing Save the Date: 2019 DTC Wine Symposium The DTC Wine Symposium, presented by and a fundraiser for Free the Grapes!, will take place […]

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