Free the Grapes! July 2019 Winery Update

DTC Wine Symposium Update 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. Check out the Request for Proposal. Roundtable and Town Hall Sessions: What topics should we cover? ... Read more

Free the Grapes! April 2019 Winery Update

Hot States It’s a busy year for DTC fix-it legislation as well as efforts to overturn capacity caps and open new states.   Delaware: Senate Bill 49 was introduced March 19 to open the state for winery DTC.  Unfortunately, like it’s 2018 predecessor House Bill 165, SB49 allows winery shipping but bans shipments of any ... Read more

Free the Grapes! March 2019 Winery Update

The Hot States We have a lot to report since our last update in mid-January. New Jersey: We continue to aggressively leverage local press coverage and consumer support for two favorable bills which, if passed, will allow wineries producing more than 250,000 gallons of wine each vintage to ship. We strongly encourage you to include ... Read more

Free the Grapes! January 2019 Update

January 11, 2019 2018: YEAR IN REVIEW On January 3, Free the Grapes! and Wine Institute presented a status update on FTG actions to the public policy committee of the Napa Valley Vintners. We want to share highlights from that meeting because it provided a good overview of the role of Free the Grapes!, where we ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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. ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more