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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Free the Grapes! February 2018 Update

In this Issue New Free the Grapes! Board member, Jeff Carroll Legislative Updates: 2018 Sessions in Full Swing DTC Wine Symposium: Survey Highlights from January Summit   Compliance Expert Jeff Carroll Joins Board Free the Grapes! has added a new advisor to its board of directors, Jeff Carroll. Jeff is currently Vice President of Product […]

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Why is Retailer DTC Shipping So Restricted?

Why can wineries ship to 94% of the adult population, but retailers only 22%? The short answer: commitment to a long-term, national solution. For more than three decades, wineries across the U.S. have worked to implement a legal, regulated DTC sales channel. This channel was never intended to replace, but to augment, the traditional 3-tier […]

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What is DTC Shipping?

If you are a winery, this may seem like a basic question. Doesn’t everyone know that DTC shipments are made from a licensed business – such as a winery licensee or a retailer licensee – through a common carrier to an adult consumer? Well, no. Outside the wine industry, the definition gets cloudy, the implications […]

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