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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