8 11, 2023

CalRecycle to Discuss Expansion of California’s Recycling Program at Craft Wine Association Meeting

2023-11-13T07:45:51-08:00November 8, 2023|

At the next Craft Wine Association meeting on Nov. 15, representatives from CalRecycle will provide an overview of new changes to California's recycling program for producers to better understand how to comply. Starting on January 1, 2024, the program will include wine and distilled spirits in all container materials, including those packaged in a box, bladder or pouch, or similar container.   

23 06, 2023

Proposal to License Fulfillment Houses Threatens Direct Shipping

2023-07-24T12:32:52-07:00June 23, 2023|

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), a nonprofit organization that recommends model legislation for states, is pursuing harmful policies that threaten the Direct to Consumer (DTC) wine shipping industry, particularly with its recommendations that fulfillment houses be licensed and comply with complex administrative requirements.    

15 06, 2023

Irish Liquor Lawyer: WSWA’s solution that just doesn’t square

2023-06-23T12:18:40-07:00June 15, 2023|

"We all agree that keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors is a responsible thing to do. But my question is if WSWA is crusading against DTC shipping as a responsible way to combat minor access to alcohol, why is it proposing an alternative that is less safe, then the activity you choose to ban?"  Read the article by Irish Liquor Lawyer here.

25 05, 2023

Reviewing the Direct Shipping Bill of Rights

2023-08-02T10:11:17-07:00May 25, 2023|

The Craft Wine Association recently had a productive meeting to discuss the draft National Direct Shipping Bill of Rights. This was the first opportunity for producers to weigh in on a set of principles based on the “Model Direct Shipping Bill” that, while progressive at the time, is now more than 25 years old.

23 05, 2023

NorthBay Biz: Wine Country and the Silicon Valley Bank Hangover

2023-06-23T12:18:42-07:00May 23, 2023|

It wasn’t until late Sunday, March 26 that First Citizens Bancorp (FCNCA) agreed to purchase most of SVB, including its wine division at a discount price. The wine platform has been the dominant lender in Napa and Sonoma for three decades, so the bank shutdown caused consternation in the wine country.

11 04, 2023

Why Our Advocacy Work is Important 

2023-04-17T09:27:07-07:00April 11, 2023|

This year as we take our advocacy efforts to the next level, we are targeting policies that are potentially harmful to our industry and, in particular, damage the existing direct shipping rules or build additional unnecessary hurdles, such as the recent proposal by the Illinois legislature, HR 2399 that would require warehouses that pick and pack wine for wineries to obtain a license and generate special monthly reports for the state on the shipments.  


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