Free the Grapes! May 2024 Winery Updates

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES An alphabetical update on recent action in select states:   ALASKA: Continued progress on changes to permit lawsAs you will remember, taking effect at the start of 2024 was a rewrite to current rules governing the Manufacturer Direct Shipment License (MDSL), which is a license that the Alaska Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office (AMCO) ... Read more

Update on Winery Direct Shipping to Delaware

As you may know, Delaware is one of only three states that continue to ban all winery-to-consumer direct shipping. The other two are Mississippi and Utah. A new bill, House Bill 262, would allow American wineries licensed by Delaware to ship a limited amount of wine directly to your Delaware based home or office. And we ... Read more

Free the Grapes! December 2023 Winery Update

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES This is an update on recent actions in select states, and recommendations on how to navigate as we head into 2024:    ALASKA: New Permit Law Effective 1/1/24 – Recommendation is to WAIT to apply The Alaska Title 4 Rewrite law (SB 9) which provides for limited, regulated, tax-paid wine shipping by wineries of ... Read more

Free the Grapes! Announces Thea Schlendorf as Incoming Executive Director

October 25, 2023, Napa, CA – The directors of Free the Grapes!, a national coalition of wineries and wine lovers, announces a transition in the Executive Director position. Jeremy Benson, Founder of Benson Marketing Group who has held the executive director role at Free the Grapes! since its inception in 1998, will be stepping down ... Read more

Free the Grapes! July 2023 Winery Update

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES As many state legislatures adjourn for 2023, we can provide an update on recent actions and results.    ALASKA: New Permit Law Effective 1/1/24 A reminder that, effective January 1, 2024, the 2022 liquor omnibus bill replaces the “reasonable amount” provision with a permit allowing up to 12 cases annually and no more ... Read more

Fulfillment Houses: Why They’re Important to Winery DTC Shipping

Often misunderstood, Fulfillment Houses play a key role in meeting consumer demand for winery-to-consumer direct shipping. These logistics centers provide both economic and environmental benefits to their clients, wineries. Here is a summary. WHAT A Fulfillment House provides winery direct-to-consumer shipping services to its clients, wineries. FHs do not buy or sell wine; they do ... Read more

Winery DTC Threatened in Oklahoma

Two bills in Oklahoma threaten winery direct shipping to wine lovers in the state. House Bill 2640 and its companion, Senate Bill 796, recommend unnecessary and unworkable reporting requirements on wineries and the common carriers.

Free the Grapes March 2023 Update: Wall Street Journal Covers DTC Shipping

Subscribers to the Wall Street Journal may have seen wine editor Lettie Teague’s article March 2nd which, among other things, highlighted consumer support for Free the Grapes! and our role in helping to support legal, regulated direct wine shipments. Here’s a link to the article: [Paywall] She mentioned that several states are about to ... Read more

Free the Grapes! February 2023 Winery Update

DTC WINE SYMPOSIUM 2023: IN-PERSON AND LIVESTREAMED Presented by and the chief fundraiser for Free the Grapes!, the 16th annual conference held in January brought the DTC community back together in person for the first time in three years. All Sessions were livestreamed, and their recordings are available to view on demand via the Whova ... Read more

Free the Grapes! May 2022 Winery Update

STATES STEPPING UP COMPLIANCE CHECKS Many states are conducting sting operations and compliance checks to ensure wineries are following their DTC shipping rules. Missouri has sent cease and desist letters to several wineries for violating the 2 cases/month/person limit. While the vast majority of wineries are following these rules to the letter – assisted by ... Read more