NJ Assemblyman Zwicker: “It isn’t every day that lawmakers can make a policy decision that has only winners.”


New Jersey Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, sponsor of a bill to remove the state’s capacity cap banning winery DTC shipments from producers of 90% of American wine, opined today that his bill is a rare opportunity for a tradeoff-free proposition. Zwicker writes, “A recent report by two expert wine researchers Danny Brager and Dale Stratton, commissioned by Naked ... Read more

Insider NJ: Everyone wins if capacity cap removed in New Jersey


A new study commissioned by Naked Wines shows that New Jersey consumers, the state, local and national wineries, and even local retailers benefit if two winery direct shipping bills pass, and remove the capacity cap that determines which US wineries can, and cannot ship to NJ adult consumers. https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/new-report-everyone-benefits-nj-adopts-free-grapes-legislation/

How the Capacity Cap Hurts New Jersey


Our executive director provides NJ ON AIR reasons why New Jersey should pass two favorable wine direct shipping bills in 2021.

A Retailer’s Opinion: New Jersey’s wine shipping capacity cap hurts consumers


Editor: Former Maryland retailer Paul Cudone opines for bringing legal, regulated direct shipping to New Jersey in this March 11, 2021 Op-Ed in NorthJersey.com. Separated only by 18 miles of the Delaware Turnpike, Maryland and New Jersey are a lot alike. Both think their beaches — and crab cakes — are best. And, since Rutgers ... Read more

WNBC-TV New York: New Jersey Wine Direct Shipping Limits Consumer Choice


November 19 2020 — WNBC-TV New York interviewed Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, a prime sponsor of Assembly Bill 1943. The bill, and its Senate companion, aim to expand wine choices for New Jerseyans and raise additional revenues for the Garden State.

15 Years After Winery DTC Shipping’s Milestone Day


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Toasting the 15th anniversary of the 2005 ruling in Granholm v. Heald, we are posting this #TBT gem taken on the steps of the US. Supreme Court immediately following the oral arguments on December 7, 2004.

DTC Wine Symposium 2020 Presentation Files: Email Edition!


The third in our series of Friday emails featuring DTC Wine Symposium 2020 presentations puts the spotlight on email. In this Workshop Session, “Send Better Email!”, our speakers shared successful strategies and tactics they have implemented. Panelists: Adrienne Stillman, Director of Marketing, WineDirect; Erica Walter, Chief Words Officer, Erica Walter Writes; Patty Ross, Owner, California ... Read more

Second Set of DTC Wine Symposium 2020 Files: Social Media Edition


As we mentioned last Friday, the Board of Free the Grapes! has made presentation files from January’s sold-out DTC Wine Symposium available here. Normally available to registrants only, these presentation files include Workshop and Sponsor Session PDFs that can stand on their own, as well as Keynote presentation videos. The files can inspire creative thinking or just provide good reminders while the industry ... Read more

Free the Grapes! Uncorks Presentation Files from DTC Wine Symposium 2020


LIP While We SIP The Board of Free the Grapes! has made presentation files from January’s sold-out DTC Wine Symposium available here. Normally available to registrants only, these presentation files include Workshop PDFs and Keynote presentation videos which can be especially useful while the wine industry adjusts DTC strategies to the effects of the Coronavirus ... Read more

Kentucky Becomes 46th Legal State for Winery DTC Shipping


As reported by Wine Institute, April 8, 2020 Kentucky’s New DTC Shipping Rules Become Law Kentucky’s new law to allow for the direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping of wine, beer and spirits by producers became law on April 7, 2020. The effective date of the law is yet to be determined, as it will be 90 days ... Read more