15 Years After Winery DTC Shipping’s Milestone Day


USSC 2004
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

“Still time for NJ to end wine-shipping ban for consumers,” according to the Press of Atlantic City


Editor’s Note: The Press of Atlantic City wrote an editorial August 1, 2019 that captured the main arguments in favor of expanding consumer choice in wine. You can view the whole article using this link, or read the text below. Several years ago we urged New Jersey to allow residents to buy directly and get ... Read more

Want to Speak at DTC Wine Symposium 2020?


Yes, we are six months away from the January 2020 DTC Wine Symposium, but the Steering Committee has been hard at work this summer! Workshop Sessions: want to speak? The Steering Committee has identified several potential topics. Take a look at the Request for Proposal for topics, or suggest your own. Roundtable and Town Hall ... Read more

Retailer DTC Shipping Gets a Boost in Connecticut, and by the US Supreme Court


As widely reported, on June 26 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a Tennessee law requiring two years of residency in the state before obtaining a state-issued alcohol retailer license. The 7-2 ruling upheld a lower court decision in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association vs. Russell F. Thomas. Does the ruling mean that the ... Read more

Let’s hear it for the Commerce Clause! 14 years since Granholm v Heald.


May 16 marks the 14th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling Granholm v Heald. This decision on May 16, 2005 ruled that states that allow their wineries to ship to in-state consumers cannot deny that same privilege to out-of-state wineries siting the Commerce Clause. It didn’t ‘Free the Grapes” automatically, but as a result, ... Read more

What do fruits teach us about winery direct shipping legislation?


This time of year, apples and oranges are plentiful and no one would ever confuse one for the other.   But some opponents of winery direct-to-consumer shipping want you to believe that state legislation related to winery direct shipping, and litigation making its way through the courts, are related. But they are as different as those ... Read more