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About WineAmerica

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The mission of WineAmerica is to encourage the dynamic growth and development of American wineries and winegrowing through the advancement and advocacy of sound public policy.

WineAmerica was founded in 1978 as the Association of American Vintners, a trade association of wineries with membership based in the eastern U.S. By 1991, the association had expanded and merged with the National Vintners Association forming the American Vintners Association. The association was renamed WineAmerica in 2003 to reflect its national role.

With more than 600 members, WineAmerica serves the interests of wineries in all 50 states by leveraging its formidable grassroots lobbying strength to benefit the entire industry.

Government Affairs

Read our policy positions and learn more about the major issues facing the American wine industry.

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Regulation

Member Benefits

Saving BenefitsSave on everyday goods and services.

Weekly Updates: Stay informed about what is going on in Washington D.C. and around the country

National Wine Policy BulletinReceive a monthly digest of Federal and State issues directly in your inbox.

Wine and Grape Policy Conference: Get involved with the issues that matter to you in Washington D.C.

Fall Membership MeetingMembership meeting held in a different wine region every year.

Types of Membership

Winery Membership: WineAmerica membership offers you direct access to policy makers here in Washington D.C. and a shared grassroots platform with wine industry peers across the country.

Supplier Membership: WineAmerica offers smart access to the American wine industry. With members in 42 states, your organization will reach wine regions large and small.

Association Membership: The State and Regional Associations Advisory Council (SRAAC) provides an invaluable forum for communication and grassroots action on issues of concern to our industry.

Membership for Suppliers and Wineries


Supplier Membership

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WineAmerica offers smart access to the American wine industry. With members in 42 states, your organization will reach wine regions large and small. Get seen by the State and Regional Associations Council, a collective of leading wine association leaders from across the country. Take advantage of the bi-annual boarding meeting, and network with an elite gathering of industry leaders. Stay up-to-date on national policy that affects your business and the industry at large.

To join, fill out the form on the right hand side of this page, or fill out this form and mail it to WineAmerica, 818 Connecticut Ave. NW #1006, Washington, D.C. 20006.

Questions: Contact Tara Good at tgood@wineamerica.org and 202-223-5175.

Platinum $5,000

  • Stand alone educational webpage under Business Tools on the WineAmerica website (1 year) or rotating ad (1 year)
  • Opportunity to publish an annual educational article on the WineAmerica News Post (blog) and social media
  • One-time opportunity to present product and/or service at Fall meeting
  • Bi-annual approved emails to winery membership
  • Brochure included at the WineAmerica booth at industry trade shows (provided by supplier member)
  • One complimentary WineAmerica winery member mailing labels (mailing must be pre-approved)
  • One copy of annual roster of winery members in electronic format upon request (emails not included)
  • One complimentary registration for one of WineAmerica's two annual meetings (participation in open sessions, dinner, and receptions)
  • Member registration for additional attendees at the open sessions of WineAmerica's two annual meetings (participation in open sessions, dinner, and receptions)
  • Website listing on webpage with hyperlink, contact information, and service description
  • Company listing in biannual WineAmerica meeting pamphlet
  • UPS shipping discount
  • Complimentary Platinum Supplier Member of WineAmerica logo for company website
  • Opportunity to sponsor one of WineAmerica's two annual meeting (reception, nametags, briefing materials, etc.)

Gold $2,500

  • Advertisement placed in rotating ad box on WineAmerica website (6 months)
  • Annual approved email to winery membership
  • Opportunity to sponsor one of WineAmerica's two annual meeting (reception, nametags, briefing materials, etc.)
  • Opportunity to purchase WineAmerica winery member mailing labels for $200 (mailing must be pre-approved)
  • One copy of WineAmerica's winery member roster in electronic format upon request (emails not included)
  • Member registration rate to attend the open sessions of WineAmerica's two annual meetings (participation in open sessions, dinner, and receptions)
  • Website listing with hyperlink, contact information, and service description
  • Company listing in biannual WineAmerica meeting pamphlet
  • UPS shipping discount
  • Complimentary Gold Supplier Member of WineAmerica logo for company website
  • Opportunity to sponsor one of WineAmerica's two annual meetings (reception, nametags, briefing materials, etc.)

Silver $1,000

  • Website listing with hyperlink, contact information, and service description
  • Company listing in biannual WineAmerica meeting pamphlet
  • UPS shipping discount
  • Complimentary Silver Supplier Member of WineAmerica logo for company website
  • Opportunity to purchase WineAmerica's winery member roster in electronic format for $200
  • Opportunity to sponsor one of WineAmerica's two annual meetings (reception, nametags, briefing materials, etc.)

 

Winery Membership

Membership Rates

  • If your winery sells less than 10,000 gallons, your dues are a flat $500.
  • If you sell between 10,000 and 70,000, it is 5 cents a gallon.
  • Once your winery hits the 70,000 gallon mark, the rate drops to 1 cent a gallon.
  • The top rate for WineAmerica membership is $47,500 yearly.

Less than 10,000 gallons:
$500 Minimum Dues
More than 10,000 gallons:
Gallons Sold _________ X .05 (5¢ per gallon) = _________

More than 70,000 gallons:
Gallons Sold (over 70,000) __________ X .01 (1¢ per gallon) + $3,500 = __________
(The first 70,000 gallons equal $3,500 at 5¢ per gallon)
Calculations above are based on a 12 month membership

Member Participation

WineAmerica works for you, but to best do that, we need an active membership. The items listed below are just some of the ways our members participate.

National Wine Policy Bulletin
Delivered to your inbox every month. WineAmerica's National Wine Policy Bulletin summary of legislation and trends directly from the local sources. Each month we compile a digest of federal and regional issues, contributed by our State Associations Council and sent to our nationwide membership. The National Wine Policy Bulletin is your nationwide snapshot of wine policy through the eyes WineAmerica here in Washington, DC and from local players around the country.

Wine and Grape Policy Conference
Held every spring in Washington, D.C., it is the best opportunity for America's wineries to show Congress our national economic power and local grassroots. Members discuss national issues, meet with fellow winery owners from around the country, and have meetings with their state representatives.

Congressional Wine Tasting
As part of WineAmerica's Board of Directors Meeting and Policy Conference, WineAmerica holds a tasting of American wines. One of the most diverse and exclusive tastings in the country, this private tasting is held in the Offices of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill and is attended by members of Congress, press, and industry partners. Become a part of this exclusive opportunity to showcase your wine on the national stage.

Fall Membership Meeting
To complement the spring policy meeting, WineAmerica holds a Fall Membership Meeting and Organization Retreat. The purpose of the fall meeting is to focus on the future of WineAmerica as an organization and how it works to represent the American Wine industry. Held every year in a different major winegrowing region, the fall meeting is your chance to meet with leaders of the industry and make your voice heard at WineAmerica.

Saving Benefits
Enjoy savings on services and products used by your business.

Bi-annual Web Conference
Unable to travel to our national meetings? We still want to hear from you. Our bi-annual web conference is your way to interact with WineAmerica from wherever you have a computer. Get up-to-date on current issues across the country and learn about new savings discounts WineAmerica is offering its members. The web conference is designed to foster greater member participation in WineAmerica's policy planning and decision-making.

Wine and Shellfish Congressional Event
Wine and Shellfish Congressional Event
WineAmerica partnered with the Wine Institute, the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, and the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association to host this unique event for members of Congress, their senior staff and other invited guests. Wine from California, Oregon and Washington was paired with oysters, mussels and crab cakes. Representing craft products to policy makers is central to the WineAmerica's mission.
Trump Budget Proposes Massive Cuts to Essential Wine Industry Programs

Today, May 23,  the Trump Administration released their Fiscal Year 2018 Federal Budget Request. This document outlines the Administration's budget priorities for the next fiscal year. The document is non-binding and is no more than a suggestion to Congress for spending priorities. Congress controls the spending power of the federal government and is under no obligation to match the proposals put forward in the budget request. The government is funded through September 30, 2017 by the spending bill  passed late last month. Congress will begin work on the FY 2018 Appropriations Bill this summer. The Administration’s Budget proposes massive cuts to some of our key priorities:

 

TTB: The FY 2018 Budget Request proposes a $7 million decrease in funding for TTB. The current funding level is $106 million. That includes the $5 million for COLA and formula approvals that we worked to secure at the end of 2015 and was maintained this year. The additional funding allowed TTB to get COLA turnaround times for wine down to five days, down from upward of a month just a few years ago. A cut of this size would put that in jeopardy and would impede wineries from getting their product to market.

 

Specialty Crop Block Grants and Value Added Producer Grants: The Trump Budget Proposal eliminates all funding for the Speciality Crop Block Grant and Value Added Producer Grant Programs. These two programs are authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill, but the Administration can recommend eliminating the funding for the programs. The current funding for the Speciality Crop Block Grant program is currently $68 million and the Value Added Producer Grant Program is currently $14 million. Many wineries, vineyards, trade associations and universities rely on these programs for essential marketing and research needs.

 

Market Access Program: The Market Access Program (MAP) assists U.S. specialty crop producers to create, expand, and maintain access to foreign markets. This successful public/private cooperation is an effective tool for increasing access to consumers around the world and generating job creating export income for rural communities.  The Trump Budget Proposal eliminates funding for the Market Access Program. The current funding level is $200 million. Wine producers from California, Washington, Oregon and New York have used the MAP program extensively to market their wines outside of the US. Completely cutting the program would be devastating to the marketing efforts of those states, with a ripple effect throughout the rest of the industry. If these larger producing states lose their export markets, the wines will need to be sold elsewhere, and the most likely market is back in the United States.

 

Next Steps: WineAmerica will be working with our allies in various coalitions to insure that Congress does not strip the funding for these important programs. We will be taking meetings with relevant Members of Congress. We will ask for your help too. When Congress begins the Fiscal Year 2018 Appropriations Process we will be asking you, our valued members, to reach out to your Congressional Delegations to tell them how important a fully funded TTB is and how essential these USDA programs are for the American wine industry.

 

 

 


News Archive


Capitol Hill Update
08 May, 2017

Appropriations Analysis

The House is in recess this week while the Senate remains here in DC holding various business hearings. Last week was a very busy week on Capitol Hill. The House and Senate both passed an omnibus appropriations act that will fully fund the federal government through September 30, the end of the 2017 fiscal year. WineAmerica was pleased with the omnibus bill, as it fully funds several key priorities for the American wine industry. One of the key legislative victories we had in the last two years was securing $5 million in funding for TTB that specifically covers COLA and formula approvals. We were able to maintain that funding through 2016, and we are pleased the money will remain through the end of the fiscal year. This will ensure COLA turnaround times remain where they are, and with the federal hiring freeze now lifted, we are confident that will continue to approve. Additionally, we are pleased that the USA Market Access Program remains funded. Congress will now begin the process of drafting the appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018.

 

American Health Care Act

Late last week the House passed the American Health Care Act, which seeks to repeal most of the Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as Obamacare). The bill passed by a narrow majority, and will now be sent to the Senate for consideration. It is expected the Senate will drastically revise the legislation. It is expected that the Senate will spend most of the late spring and summer on health care reform

 

Excise Tax Reform Update

Another issue Congress is expected to tackle this year is tax reform. The House Ways and Means Committee has indicated they expect to focus primarily on income tax reform. WineAmerica will continue to build up the number of co-sponsors on the bill and is in the process of formulating a comprehensive lobbying strategy. Currently, there are 172 sponsors on the House version of the bill, and 45 on the Senate version of the bill. We are well on our way to eclipsing the number of sponsors on the bill last year.


Raising Awareness of America’s Wine Industry in a New Administration
07 April, 2017

WineAmerica and Winegrape Growers of America are reuniting for the National Grape & Wine Policy Conference, April 25 – 27. Taking place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, minutes away from Capitol Hill, this meeting is the industry’s opportunity to make its voice heard.

The conference will feature speakers and presentations on the politics and policies affecting our industry. It includes meetings of the WineAmerica Board of Directors and the State and Regional Association Advisory Council and a “Wines of America” reception on Capitol Hill for members of Congress and their staff. The tasting features wines from over 20 states, demonstrating the importance of the American wine industry. The 2017 Grape & Wine Policy Conference is your opportunity to make a difference regarding the laws that affect you.

All WineAmerica members are encouraged to attend.

Register Today!

Click here for the latest agenda and look for speaker updates in the next weekly membership update. 

Questions? Contact Michael Kaiser at mkaiser@wineamerica.org


Join us for a Member Policy Call
15 March, 2017

Join us...

Membership Policy Call 

 

 

Monday, March 27th 4 p.m. EST

 

 

Join WineAmerica's government affairs team. Ask questions about:

  • Labor and Immigrationâ
  • Bond Requirements
  • Music Licensing
  • Federal Excise Tax Reform
  • and more...

Submit your questions ahead of time to Tara Good at tgood@wineamerica.org

 

Add the call to your calendar here

 

Dial-in number: 202-808-0313
No PIN needed.

 

Speakers include:

  • Larry Meyer, President of Meyers & Associates
  • Jim Trezise, President of WineAmerica
  • Michael Kaiser, Vice President of WineAmerica
  • Tara Good, Vice President of WineAmerica

 

This is the first in what we hope will be a monthly opportunity for WineAmerica to answer your regulatory and legislative questions.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!


Uncertainty in the Appropriations Process
06 March, 2017

Congress is in session this week, the second week of a 6 week stretch before the Easter/Passover Recess. A very important item for Congress and the Trump Administration to address is funding the Federal Government for the rest of the fiscal year. Last year a Continuing Resolution passed and was signed into law by President Obama during the 2016 Lame Duck Congressional session. The bill fully funded the government through April 28, 2017. What Congress will need to address is the funding mechanism for the rest of Fiscal Year 2017, which runs through September 30. WineAmerica anticipates that another continuing resolution will be passed to fund the government through September 30. At this late juncture, it is unlikely that the Trump Administration and Congress will introduce a new spending bill. The President spoke to a joint session of Congress last week to outline his budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2018, which begins on October 1, 2017.

 

WineAmerica is concerned with the prospect of the federal programs that are essential to our industry being cut or not adequately funded. At the end of 2015 we were able to secure an additional $5 million for TTB to review COLAs and formulas. That number was maintained in the current budget, but we will need to work diligently to make sure it stays in. Additionally, there are items that are authorized through the Farm Bill such as Specialty Crop Block Grants, Value Added Block Grants, and the Market Access Program. that could be on the “chopping block” in a new appropriations bill. These agriculture marketing programs are essential to our industry's continued success.  We will be working with our coalition partners in the agriculture and alcohol sectors to ensure all of our essential programs are fully funded.

 

Survey: Regulatory Reform

 

One of the top priorities of the Trump Administration is regulatory reform. To that end, they have issued an executive order that mandates that for every new regulation an agency implements, two need to be rescinded. The Administration is accepting letters from industry stakeholders on what regulations need to be changed. WineAmerica wants to hear from its members. What federal regulations would you like to see changed? Is it a TTB regulation, or maybe the regulations stemming from the Food Safety Modernization Act? We want to know.

 

Fill out the short survey here

 


Questions? Contact  Michael Kaiser at mkaiser@wineamerica.org


House and Senate Members Reintroduce the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act
31 January, 2017

On Monday January 30th, leading House and Senate Members reintroduced the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. This comprehensive bill would drastically reduce the federal excise tax (FET) burden on wineries, breweries and distilleries. Every congressional district in the United States includes a brewery, winery, distillery, importer or industry supplier, all of whom operate under an outdated tax structure.  A reduction in the FET will result in consumers benefiting from greater choice and allow businesses to invest in product development, improve infrastructure and stimulate employment in communities across the country. WineAmerica strongly supports the passage of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.

Senate Introduction

The Senate version of the bill (S.236) was introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). Senator Wyden has been the main architect of this bill and originally conceived it in June 2015. He was joined by eleven of his fellow Senators on the new version of the bill. This bipartisan piece of legislation features six Democrats and six Republicans as original co-sponsors, they are:

Democrats
Tammy Baldwin- WI
Michael Bennet- CO
Thomas Carper- DE
Robert Casey- PA
Debbie Stabenow- MI
Ron Wyden- OR

Republicans
Roy Blunt- MO
Shelly Morore Capito- WV
Cory Gardner- CO
Jerry Moran- KS
Rob Portman- OH
Pat Roberts- KS

Senator Blunt of Missouri has also been tireless in his support for the bill, he is the chief sponsor on the Republican side.

House Introduction

The House version of the bill (H.R. 747) was once again co-sponsored by Reps. Erik Paulson (R-MN-3) and Ron Kind (D-WI-3). They are joined by a diverse and bipartisan group:

Democrats:
Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)
Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Ron Kind (WI-3)
Chellie Pingree (ME-1)
Mike Thompson (CA-5)

Republicans
Mark Amodei (NV-2)
Tom Emmer (MN-6)
Mike Kelly (PA-3)
Patrick McHenry (NC-10)
Dan Newhouse (WA-4)
David Reichert (WA-8)
Patrick Tiberi (OH-12)

Major Provisions for Wine

The major tax relief provisions specific to wine are nearly identical to the previous amended version of the bill, with some minor additions:

Expand Excise Tax Credit for Wineries

Under present law, wine is subject to an excise tax of between $1.07 and $3.40 per gallon, based on alcohol content and carbonation level. Qualifying small domestic wineries producing 250,000 wine gallons or less are eligible for a tax credit generally equal to 90 cents per gallon on the first 100,000 gallons produced, with that benefit phasing out between 150,000 gallons and 250,000 gallons. Hard cider is taxed as wine, subject to lower rates and a reduced credit amount. This provision removes the phaseout and replaces the credit with a new tiered credit system for wine produced in the U.S. or imported as follows: $1.00 for the first 30,000 wine gallons, $0.90 for the next 100,000 wine gallons, and $0.535 for the next 620,000 wine gallons. In addition, this provision removes the existing prohibition against claiming the credit for naturally sparkling wines. Conforming expansions are made to the cider credit. Find an estimate of your new tax rate here

Expand Alcohol Threshold for Certain Wines

Under current law, still wine is taxed at different rates based on alcohol content. Still wine containing not more than 14 percent ABV is taxed at $1.07. Still wine above 14 percent and less than 21 percent ABV is taxed at $1.57 per gallon. For labeling purposes only, alcohol content in wine may vary from the stated amount within certain tolerances, however no such tolerances exist for tax purposes. This proposal would provide that wines up to 16 percent ABV may qualify for the $1.07 tax rate, in order to provide more certainty for wine producers.  

Increased Carbonation Tolerances for Certain Low ABV Wines

Present law provides a tolerance for still wine of 0.392 gram of carbon dioxide per hundred milliliters of wine, which is generally taxed at $1.07 per wine gallon. Wines exceeding this limitation are taxed as “sparkling wine” at either $3.30 or $3.40 per wine gallon. This provision would increase that tolerance to 0.64 gram of carbon dioxide per hundred milliliters of wine for wines produced primarily from grape or solely from honey and water, which do not contain any other fruit and contains no more than 8.5 percent ABV.

Reduce Compliance and Tax Burdens for all Producers, and Improve Excise Tax Administration

The bill exempts beverage producers from complex capitalization rules for aged products, removing the requirement that bottle aging be considered in production time.  The bill also continues TTB funding increases that were secured in for FY 2016 of $5 million for label and formula approval and $5 million for fair trade practice enforcement. The increases are to be authorized for FY 2017 and FY 2018, along with an additional $5 million for the cost of implementing the bill, including new federal permit approvals.

Next Steps for WineAmerica

With the reintroduction of the bill, WineAmerica will now begin the process of securing additional co-sponsors. At the end of the last legislative year, the bill had nearly 300 House co-sponsors and 53 Senators. Along with our alcohol industry partners, our goal will be to match or exceed the totals from 2016. Concurrently we will be meeting with the relevant House and Senate Committees as the agenda for tax reform is set. We look forward to working with our members and Congress to to ensure the FET burden on the beer, wine and spirits sector is at the forefront of the discussion.

 

For more information please contact Michael Kaiser, mkaiser@wineamerica.org


WineAmerica Appoints Jim Trezise as President in 2017
05 December, 2016

The Board of Directors of WineAmerica has announced that wine industry veteran Jim Trezise will become the organization’s President starting in January 2017.

WineAmerica is the national organization of American wineries, representing wine producer members from 43 states with grassroots public policy advocacy in Washington, DC.  WineAmerica held its 2016 Fall Meeting in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and was honored to be joined by Congressional Representative Suzanne Bonamici and Senator Ron Wyden, who is spearheading legislation to reduce wine excise taxes.

“We’re delighted that Jim has agreed to assume a more formal role with WineAmerica,” said the organization’s Chairman of the Board Trent Preszler, PhD, who is CEO of Bedell Cellars on Long Island.  “Jim is well-known and highly respected throughout the American wine industry, as well as among influential public officials, and his commitment to our industry is unparalleled.”

Trezise is transitioning from his 31-year position as President of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF) to an increased role with WineAmerica, while remaining President of the International Riesling Foundation, judging in major wine competitions, and continuing his involvement with other wine industry organizations and activities.

He will orient his NYWGF successor, Mr. Sam Filler, in the first quarter of 2017 while undertaking increased involvement with WineAmerica during that time.  Jim has served on the WineAmerica  Board of Directors and Executive Committee  for over 20 years, and has devoted substantial additional  pro bono time to the organization in recent years.  He also serves on the Boards of several other major industry organizations such as FIVS, the National Grape & Wine Initiative, and Wine Market Council.

Over the years he has received several national awards for his contributions to the American wine industry, including the ‘Grand Award” of the Society of Wine Educators; the “Wine Integrity Award” from the Lodi Winegrape Commission; the “Distinguished Service Award” from the Society of Enology and Viticulture; and the “Perpetual Monteith Trophy” (Thomas Jefferson Cup) from the Vinifera Winegrowers Association.  He was also named one of “The 20 Most Admired People in the American Wine Industry” by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine; and one of the “Top 50 Movers and Shakers” by Wines & Vines magazine.

“This is a major step forward for WineAmerica,” said Caroline Shaw, WineAmerica’s immediate past Chair, and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Jackson Family Wines, who first suggested this idea.  “Jim’s long experience with WineAmerica, success in public policy advocacy, familiarity with key public officials, and involvement with many other industry organizations will strengthen our impact.”

Jim will work closely with WineAmerica’s current staff, Director of Public Affairs Michael Kaiser, and Director of Operations Tara Good, along with government affairs counsel Meyers & Associates.  His involvement will be selectively targeted at opportunities which offer the most promise to advance the interests of the American wine industry.  He will travel to Washington, DC and other locations as needed, but will be operating from the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York on a day-to-day basis.

“WineAmerica is truly a vital organization for advancing the interests of the American wine industry,” said Trezise. “While I have been involved for a very long time, I’m pleased that I will have more time to devote to its important activities in the future.”

WineAmerica’s Fall meeting was organized and hosted by Janie Brooks Heuck, owner of Brooks Wines, and included a special listening session with leaders of the Oregon wine industry, as well as updates on all public policy matters and the Presidential election outlook.  WineAmerica’s next meeting will be in Washington, DC in May, with a focus on educating the new Administration and legislators about the American wine industry’s priorities.

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Media Contacts:  Trent Preszler, trent@bedellcellars.com; Jim Trezise  jimtrezise@nywgf.org


WineAmerica Congressional Update
14 November, 2016

Congress returns from their lengthy election recess today. They will be convening in a lame duck session that is expected to last a few weeks. The chief task for Congress between now and December 7 will be to fund the federal government for the next fiscal year. Before the election, a continuing resolution was passed that continued to fund the government at the Fiscal Year 2016 levels. That resolution expires at midnight on December 9. What is uncertain is the method that Congress decides to take to fund the government. WineAmerica has been hearing from our sources that Congress may decide to fund the government at the current levels through March 2017, and start fresh with the new Trump Administration. The other option would be to pass a new omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017. If the government is funded at current levels with no new policy, the possibility for alcohol excise tax reform this year will decrease.

 

The House Republicans will be holding their leadership elections on Tuesday, November 15th. We expect to know more about the priorities for the lame duck session after the leadership election. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, Congress is spending this week regrouping after the election, and any legislative work will begin the week of November 28. 

 

If the excise tax reform proposal is not included in any year end funding bill, the proposal will have to be reintroduced in 2017. The House Republican leadership has expressed a desire for comprehensive tax reform in the new year and we expect alcohol excise tax reform to be included.

 

We will be examining what the new administration and new congress means for the American wine industry in the coming weeks.

- Michael Kaiser, Director of Public Affairs

 

Washington Issues Caucus

Last week, I spoke at the first annual Washington Issues Conference. Jointly sponsored by the Washington Wine Institute and the Washington Association of Winegrape Growers, the joint industry event was held in Yakima, Washington in the heart of Washington Wine Country. The event brought together experts on local, state and federal issues to discuss and educate Washington wine industry members on how said issues impact the and their businesses directly. I was asked to represent WineAmerica and speak about federal issues impacting the wine industry. This included a broad overview of our core issues of tax reform and music licensing, as well as a discussion of the other important issues we are currently working on, notably TTB funding and immigration reform. Additionally, I spoke about the 2016 election and gave a preview of 2017. Special thanks to the Washington Wine Institute and the Washington Association of Winegrape Growers for inviting me to speak and for being such staunch supporters of WineAmerica.

From Last Week

 

2016 Fall Board Meeting

Last week, WineAmerica’s Board and State and Regional Association Advisory Council convened in Newberg, Oregon in the heart of the Willamette Valley. In case you missed it, here is the wrap up we sent out on Friday.

 

WineAmerica Board Meets in Oregon

WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, just concluded its annual Fall Board of Directors Conference in Newberg, Oregon, highlighted by presentations from two influential Washington policymakers.

 

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) spoke to a crowd of over a hundred wine industry leaders from Oregon and around the country. WineAmerica has been working tirelessly with Senator Wyden on his landmark Federal alcohol excise tax reform legislation. If passed, this historic initiative would provide an economic jolt to the wine industry and would create a business environment that would allow the industry to thrive for years to come. Representative Bonamici has been a key supporter of the Oregon wine industry and is also a co-sponsor of the House version of Senator Wyden’s tax legislation.

Read more... 

 

 

Questions? Contact Michael Kaiser, Director of Public Affairs at mkaiser@wineamerica.org


WineAmerica Represents Wineries on Music Licensing Panel
19 September, 2016

The DOJ Consent Decree Determination: What Does It Mean for Congress and Stakeholders?

Panelists: Danielle Aguirre (EVP and General Counsel, NMPA); U.S. Representative Doug Collins (R-GA); Tara Good (Director of Operations, WineAmerica); Clara Kim (EVP and General Counsel, ASCAP); Katie Peters (Director, Government Relations, Pandora). In 2014, the nation’s largest performing rights organizations (PROs) for musical compositions, ASCAP and BMI, asked the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to review their governing consent decrees, with a request that they be modified to give copyright owners the choice to license their works to digital services directly in the marketplace, known as a “partial withdrawal” of rights. On August 4, 2016, DOJ issued its review. The government decided not to modify the consent decrees as the PROs requested, stating it would not promote competition, and in addition, declared that the consent decrees do not allow ASCAP and BMI’s current practice  of offering “fractional” licenses that convey only rights to the shares of a work that each PRO owns. Soon thereafter, the PROs announced they would seek judicial and legislative relief from DOJ’s determination. This panel examined the effect on the stakeholders of the DOJ review and steps Congress may consider in response.

 

Presented by Mondo.NYC, an annual business summit, festival and digital platform bringing together music, technology and innovation in the most vibrant city in the world. Mondo launches September 14-18, 2016 in New York City with a business summit hosted at New York University and live music showcases presented at venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. At Mondo.NYC, music fans, artists, tech pioneers and entertainment professionals converge to celebrate music, technology and the entertainment industry.

 

Please Vote For Your Board of Directors

Last week we opened the 2016 WineAmerica Board of Directors election. If you are a winery member you received an electronic ballot for your specific membership region. We will be resending the ballots again between now and the close of the election on October 7. The Board of Directors will then certify the election at the next WineAmerica Board Meeting in Oregon this November.

 

Register for the Fall Meeting

WineAmerica is heading to the scenic Willamette Valley this November for our annual Fall Board of Directors and Membership Meeting. Every year visit a different wine region to review our successes for the year and look to the future of the organization. The Fall Meeting is an excellent time for WineAmerica to take our message to a specific region, and for the Board, association members and winery members to come together. The dates for the meeting are November 2-3 and will be held at the Alison Resort and Spa. Agenda and registration information can be found here: WineAmerica 2016 Fall Membership Meeting.

 

 

Questions? Contact Michael Kaiser, Director of Public Affairs at mkaiser@wineamerica.org


Enforcement of shipping wine into Illinois
29 August, 2016

On Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner (R-IL) signed a bill into law that toughens the oversight and enforcement of shipping wine into Illinois, as well as transporting alcohol across state lines.

 

Senate Bill 2989 enhances penalties on this illegally shipping or transporting alcohol into the state. It also raises fees for alcohol manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers and establishes a much clearer audit process for all alcohol entering into the state. The bill explicitly prohibits retailer direct-to-consumer wine shipping, and a retailer that does ship into Illinois will face felony charges.

 

The bill clarifies exactly what taxes need to be paid on wine shipments,and will prevent the prevalence of lawsuits that have sprung up in the state related to the payment of sales tax on alcohol sold over the internet.

 

Next Week

Next week we will review the process for wineries to register as food facilities with the Food and Drug Administration

 

 

Questions? Contact Michael Kaiser, Director of Public Affairs at mkaiser@wineamerica.org


Update on GMO labeling bill
08 August, 2016

Last week the House of Representative passed the Senate’s comprehensive GMO labeling bill. The bill was a compromise between Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) that would make GMO labeling required, rather than voluntary. The bill would also preclude individual states from having their own label laws, creating a federal standard that would avoid a “patchwork” of fifty different state labeling laws.

  

The Roberts/Stabenow compromise creates a federal GMO labeling standard for all food products with genetically engineered products. The ingredients can be disclosed on the package itself, or on a website that can be inked through a QR code on the package. Additionally, companies can simply list a phone number or website listing that would disclose the use of GMO ingredients in the product. The bill will also allow any organic food product to automatically be labeled “non-GMO”. If the bill becomes law, the USDA will then go through a rulemaking process to draft the regulations for the labeling standard. Alcohol is exempted from labeling as expressed in the language of the bill. WineAmerica will be closely monitoring the rulemaking process on this bill to insure that alcohol continues to remain exempt from the labeling standards. The President is expected to sign the bill into law this week.


Letter to the Department of Justice on Music Licensing
25 July, 2016

Last Friday, July 22, the MIC Coalition, which includes WineAmerica, along with bars, restaurants, and streaming services, sent a letter supporting DOJ’s decision to keep in place the longstanding consent decrees which have governed music licensing by ASCAP and BMI for decades.

 

Link: MIC Letter to DOJ

 

Additionally, MIC applauded DOJ’s clarification that the “blanket licenses” advertised by ASCAP and BMI, and detailed in their license terms and affiliate agreements, grant music users a 100% license to play any song in their repertoire.  DOJ rejected ASCAP and BMI demands for “fractional licensing,” which would virtually gridlock music licensing, hurting music lovers, artists and songwriters alike.

 

Questions? Contact Tara Good, Director of Operations at tgood@wineamerica.org


Excise Tax Proposal & TTB on Wine Labeling Requirements
27 June, 2016

Over the course of the last year, WineAmerica and our alcohol industry partners have been working on a comprehensive federal excise tax reform proposal (see our last update). To that end, our government affairs team and grassroots network are working so secure more Senate co-sponsors for the legislation. Last week, WineAmerica and our partners, the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, secured the sponsorship of Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). This achievement illustrates the importance of our grassroots network wineries and winery trade associations. We will continue to work to secure more co-sponsors of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act.

 

TTB Requests Comments on Wine Labeling Requirements

TTB has issued Notice 160 (read it here) Proposed Revisions to Wine Labeling and Record Keeping Requirements. The notice proposes to amend the labeling regulations to provide that any standard grape wine containing 7% or more alcohol by volume that is covered by a certificate of exemption from label approval may not be labeled with:

  • A varietal designation
  • A type designation of varietal significance
  • A vintage date
  • An appellation of origin, unless the wine is labeled is in compliance with the standards set forth in the regulations.
If a winery is choosing to file for an exemption from label approval, under this proposal they will only be allowed to use the descriptors on their labels if the wine in question meets the current labeling requirements. For American viticultural areas (AVA) the requirements are:
  • The AVA must be approved for use by the TTB
  • 85% of the wine must be made from grapes grown in the AVA
  • The wine must be fully finished in the state where the AVA is located
That is, a winery may use the AVA with a label filed as an exemption if they have purchased bulk wine that has been finished in the state where the AVA is located and bottled it elsewhere.The TTB is taking this action in response to concerns raised by wine industry members and members of Congress regarding the accuracy of label information on certain wines covered by certificates of exemption from label approval. The are requesting public comments until August  22, 2016. Comments can be submitted the following ways:
  • Internet: www.regulations.gov (via the online comment form for this notice as posted within Docket No. TTB–2016–0005 at ‘‘Regulations.gov,’’ the Federal e-rulemaking portal)
  • U.S. Mail: Director, Regulations and Rulings Division, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G Street NW., Box 12, Washington, DC 20005
  • Hand delivery/courier in lieu of mail: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, 1310 G Street NW., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005

Pennsylvania Opens to Direct-to-Consumer Shipping
13 June, 2016

Update from Washington D.C.

There are sixteen legislative days left in before Congress adjourns for the Presidential Nominating Conventions and for the August Recess. The Senate and the House are both working on Department of Defense matters this week. The House is considering the FY 2017 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, while the Senate considers the Defense Authorization Act. Both of these bills should take up the entire week on the Hill.

 

Pennsylvania Opens to Direct-to-Consumer Shipping

Pennsylvania has become the 44th State to allow direct-to-consumer shipping for wine. Last week Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed House Bill 1690 into law, opening up state. Now, only six states prohibit direct-to-consumer shipping: Alabama, Delaware, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Utah. Pennsylvania is a “control state” and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will remain in place. For our full analysis of the bill please go here.

 

FDA Issues New Nutrition Facts Label

The Food and Drug Administration has revised its nutrition fact label. This is of relevance to the wine industry as beverages that contain alcohol under 7% alcohol by volume are required to include the nutritional label on all products. The new label features a refreshed design, reflects updated information about nutrition science and updates serving sizes and labeling requirements for certain package sizes. The new labels notate that “added sugar” must be added to the label.

 

Most food manufacturers will be required to use the new label by July 26, 2018. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales will have an additional year to comply with the new rules. The FDA plans to conduct outreach and education efforts on the new requirements.

 

For more information please visit the FDA website.

 

Questions? Contact Michael Kaiser, Director of Public Affairs, mkaiser@wineamerica.org


WineAmerica Board Meeting Brings New Leadership and New Members
26 May, 2016

WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, took part in the annual National Wine and Grape Policy Conference this week in Washington, DC.  Held in conjunction with Winegrape Growers of America, the three-day conference attracts wine industry leaders from across the country to meet and weigh in on the most pressing public policy issues affecting growers and wineries.

 

This year, industry leaders from all over the United States were in attendance, representing wineries, growers and state associations.  Subjects covered included federal excise tax reform, music licensing guidelines and the overall political climate in Washington, DC.  The event culminated with the Wines of America Congressional reception held in the Rayburn Gold Room, where members of Congress, their staff and selected guests sampled wines from 27 states.

 

New Leadership

 

Concurrently, the WineAmerica Board of Directors meeting was also held, where the board thanked Caroline Shaw, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Jackson Family Wines, for her two years of service as Chair of the organization.

 

The new WineAmerica Chairman of the Board is Trent Preszler, CEO of Bedell Cellars on the North Fork of Long Island. Trent has served on the board of WineAmerica since 2008 and the board of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation since 2004, where he is also Chairman. Trent earned an MS in Agricultural Economics and a PhD in Viticulture & Enology, both from Cornell University. He also worked in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Clinton Administration.

 

"I am thrilled to take the reins of WineAmerica and continue the robust growth and success we experienced under the leadership of my predecessor, Caroline Shaw,” said Preszler. “The future of WineAmerica is bright, and there are more compelling reasons than ever for American wineries to join our grassroots public policy mission."

 

Assuming the position of Vice Chair of the Board is Martin Clubb of L’Ecole No. 41 in the Walla Walla Valley of Washington. Marty is a long time WineAmerica Board member and is currently the President of the Washington Wine Institute. Marty is the Managing Winemaker and co-owner of L’Ecole No. 41 with his wife Megan. Marty was also instrumental in the founding of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and served as its president for six years. Marty worked with other industry pioneers in the development of the Walla Walla Community College Center for Enology and Viticulture. He earned a chemical engineering degree from Texas A&M University.

 

New Members

 

The WineAmerica Board also appointed Dana Huber from Huber Winery in Starlight, Indiana to the open seat from the Great Lakes Board region. Dana and her husband Ted run Huber Winery and Starlight Distillery. Founded in 1978, Huber Winery is a pioneer in the Indiana wine industry, and they have since expanded into a diverse farm that grows many fruits and vegetables. In 2000 the Hubers founded Starlight Distillery, the first licensed distillery to open in Indiana. Ms. Huber joins another recently appointed Board member, Janie Brooks Heuck of Brooks Winery in Oregon.

 

WineAmerica would also like to highlight some of our latest members who have joined from our recent membership drive. St. James Winery, a key leader in the Missouri and Midwest wine industry has rejoined the organization, and will be a key member for us in that region. Other leading wineries to join WineAmerica this spring are Leelanau Cellars in Michigan, Three Brothers Winery and Estate in New York and Dutton-Goldfied Winery in Sonoma County, California.

 

The next WineAmerica Board of Directors meeting will at the Allison Hotel and Resort in Dundee, Oregon from November 2-3, 2016.

 

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WineAmerica is the national voice the American wine industry. Based in Washington, D.C., WineAmerica represents wineries in 43 states and leads a coalition of state and regional wine and grape associations. As an industry leader, WineAmerica encourages the dynamic growth and development of American wineries and winegrowing through the advancement and advocacy of sound public policy.

 

 

For more information, visitwww.wineamerica.org.


Agenda Announced: 2016 National Wine and Grape Policy Conference
08 March, 2016


WineAmerica and Winegrape Growers of America are reuniting for the 2016 Wine and Grape Policy Conference, May 22 – 24, 2016.2016 National Wine And Grape Brochure

With a format that maximizes learning, advocacy and networking, only minutes away from Capitol Hill, this meeting is the industry’s opportunity to make its voice heard.

The conference will feature speakers, presentations and insights on the politics and policies affecting our industry; meetings of the WineAmerica Board of Directors and the State and Regional Association Advisory Council; and the “Wines of America” reception, demonstrating the importance of the American wine industry and giving  you an opportunity to introduce your wine to your member of Congress. The 2016 Wine and Grape Policy Conference is your opportunity to make a difference about the laws that affect you.

All WineAmerica members are encouraged to attend.

Register Today!


 

Agenda

Sunday, May 22

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Conference Early Registration & Welcome Reception

Monday, May 23

8:00 am: Breakfast and Registration

8:00 am – 9:00 am: WineAmerica Executive Committee Meeting (closed session)
9:00 am – 10:30 am: WGA Board of Directors Meeting (concurrent)
9:00 am – 10:30 am : WineAmerica Board Meeting (concurrent)
10:30 am – 11:45 am : State and Regional Associations Advisory Council Meeting

11:45 am – 1:15 pm: Keynote Lunch (Speaker TBA)

General Session: Hot/Key Topics

1:15 pm– 1:45 pm: Pest and Disease/USDA research update
1:45 pm– 2:15 pm: TTB Update
2:15 pm– 2:45 pm: FDA Update
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Immigration/Worker Status Update
3:15 pm– 3:45 pm: Waters of the US Discussion
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Panel Discussion: Music Licensing and the Wine Industry

Tuesday, May 24

8:00 am: Breakfast 
8:30 am – 9:30 am: Panel Discussion: Federal Excise Tax Reform

General Session: Hot/Key Topics

9:45 am – 11:15 am: International Wine Marketing Competition in the US
11:30 am – 12:00 : Legislative Briefing (Cornerstone Public Affairs and Meyers and Associates)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch & Congressional Visit Prep

1:30 pm – 5:15 pm: Congressional Visits Attendees will be divided into teams or by states and will head to Capitol Hill for legislative meetings
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm: The Wines of America Reception on Capitol Hill (Rayburn Gold Room)

Wednesday, May 25

9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Additional Congressional visits.

– Agenda is subject to change -


House Passes Country of Origin Labeling Repeal
16 June, 2015

WineAmerica Applauds Quick Action of House on Country of Origin Labeling.

WineAmerica commends the House of Representatives on last night’s passage of H.R. 2393, the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015. The bill passed with 300-131 votes. This bipartisan bill repeals the country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and poultry. The swift passage of the bill is the first step in avoiding costly retaliatory tariffs on wine and other products from Canada and Mexico.

On May 18, the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body issued their final ruling against the United States country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for muscle cuts of meat. If the requirements are not repealed by the U.S. Government, Canada and Mexico will retaliate on a variety of American exports to Canada, including wine. In total, Canada has proposed $3 billion per year in tariffs to the WTO as retaliation.

Read More: U.S. Wine Industry Facing Steep Tariffs from Canada

Canada is the largest foreign market for American wine. Last year U.S. wine exports to Canada reached $487 million, a 7% increase from 2013. Retail sales for American wine in Canada now eclipse $1 billion. In 2013 the U.S. was the second largest exporter of wine to Canada, with a 16% market share among wine imports sold in Canada.

The preliminary Canadian plan would place a tariff on wine based on the value of the product entering the country. For example, a wine with a $10 import value would be hit with a $10 tariff, doubling the cost of the wine sent into the country. Apart from the immediate financial loss, the American wine industry could face damaging long term effects. Raising the price of a bottle of a U.S. wine will hinder competition with other wine regions, notably South Africa and Australia. The United States could lose shelf space that would take years to regain.

Tariffs will largely affect California wineries, but smaller, family owned wineries in Oregon, Washington, New York and Michigan will also be impacted. In 2014, Washington wineries exported a total of $7.5 million in total wine sales into Canada. Oregon sent almost 22,000 cases of their wine across the border in 2014.

WineAmerica worked closely with industry partners to represent the wine industry on this issue. Staff met with members of Congress, sent an industry letter to the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, co-signed by members of its State and Regional Association Advisory Council (SRAAC), and assisted with the Congressional Wine Caucus’s ‘Dear Colleague Letter.’

WineAmerica urges the Senate Agriculture Committee to work quickly on this bipartisan issue. The American wine industry cannot afford to have costly tariffs placed on our products in such an important market and the Senate needs to act as quickly as possible.

For more information about COOL visit www.coolreform.com. View list of American commodities potentially targeted by Canada.

Questions and inquires should be directed to Michael Kaiser, Director of Public Affairs at mkaiser@wineamerica.org


Congress Moves to Protect U.S. Wines from Canadian Tariffs
22 May, 2015

 

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has introduced bipartisan legislation to repeal Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for certain cuts of meat to avoid retaliatory tariffs on a variety of U.S. exports to Canada and Mexico. The bill, H.R. 2393, would repeal the country of origin labeling requirements for beef, chicken, and pork. The bipartisan legislation currently has 60 original co-sponsors.

The full House Agriculture Committee will be holding a hearing on H.R. 2393 tomorrow, and a markup is expected to follow. Currently there are no amendments proposed, but that could change in the committee markup. Once reported from committee the bill will head to the House floor, which could happen as soon as early June.

This morning WineAmerica attended a press conference at the Capitol for H.R. 2393.  The press conference was held by the two lead sponsors of the COOL repeal legislation, Chairman Conaway (R-TX) and Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA). They were joined by members of both parties  who expressed their support of the legislation.  Industry representatives spoke in support of the legislation and praised Conaway’s and Costa’s efforts.  Bobby Koch, President of the Wine institute was in attendance, saying that the market for American wine had increased 78 percent into Canada over the last five years,  where total wine sales had increased only 16 percent.  He stressed that all of this is in jeopardy of being lost if the retaliatory tariffs on wine are implemented.  Congressman Costa also stated the importance of wine, stressing that California alone would face a $1 billion retaliation hit this fall if the existing COOL rules are not repealed.

Read More: U.S. Wine Industry Facing Steep Tariffs from Canada

The Senate Agriculture Committee will also be working on a solution to the WTO ruling. Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) has stated he is open to any solution, including repeal for meat, to prevent retaliatory tariffs. Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) has come out against repeal. It is unclear when the Senate might take action.

Canada and Mexico have been clear that nothing short of a full repeal of the COOL rules will satisfy their respective governments. Without a full repeal, the World Trade Organization has authorized Canada and Mexico to take punitive action against the United States in the form of retaliatory tariffs.

WineAmerica supports efforts by Congress to address the COOL regulations, including the repeal legislation introduced Representatives Conaway and Costa. WineAmerica’s government affairs team will be advocating for quick action on H.R. 2393. Retaliatory tariffs could be implemented as soon as August, Congress must work quickly to address the issue.

Questions and inquires should be directed to Michael Kaiser, Director of Public Affairs at mkaiser@wineameria.org.

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National Wine Policy Bulletin: March
04 March, 2015

WineAmerica’s National Wine Policy Bulletin is a summary of legislation and trends directly from the local sources. Each month we compile a digest of federal and regional issues, contributed by our State Associations Council and sent to our nationwide membership. The National Wine Policy Bulletin is your nationwide snapshot of wine policy through the eyes WineAmerica here in Washington, DC and from local players around the country.

Last months highlights include:

  • The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued a rule change regarding how some wineries will be able to file their excise tax.  Depending on size and production scale, some may be able to start filing annually as opposed to semi-monthly or quarterly.  
  • Congress is in the midst of debating several bills which could change how cider is defined and how craft beer is taxed.  
  • On the state level, South Dakota and Oklahoma have taken substantive steps towards the direct-shipping of wine and California has taken a stand against Canadian protectionist policies.
  • And more...

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TTB now allows certain wineries to file excise tax returns annually
25 February, 2015

The TTB will now allow certain wineries to file their excise tax returns annually, rather than semi-monthly or quarterly. Learn more...


Social Media Legalities for Wineries
23 February, 2015

Social Media Legalities for Wineries

Social media is a vital form of marketing and advertising for wineries. Technology is changing rapidly while some laws and regulations have not caught up. WineAmerica complied the rules TTB has put in place for social media and internet advertising. Read more...


Direct Shipping Comes to South Dakota
23 February, 2015

Direct Shipping Comes to South Dakota

This week, South Dakota became the 43rd state to allow direct-to-consumer wine shipment to consumers. The legislation, HB 1001, was signed by the Governor Daugaard on February 19 and establishes a wine direct shipper license through the South Dakota Department of Revenue. Read more...


Meyers & Associates, LLC to Represent WineAmerica
01 December, 2014

After an extensive search, the WineAmerica Board of Directors chose Meyers and Associates for their strong agriculture policy and regulatory expertise.

Meyers & Associates, LLC is a Washington-based government relations/business consulting firm that assists individuals, companies, trade associations, universities and cities in their dealings with the federal government.  With over 30 years of experience, Meyers and Associates has built a solid foundation on a strong political network throughout the federal agencies and Congress.

“WineAmerica was founded to be the eyes and ears of the American wine industry in Washington, DC through sound public policy and grassroots advocacy.” said Caroline Shaw, Executive Vice President of Jackson Family Wines, and WineAmerica Board Chair.  “The retention of Meyers & Associates will bolster WineAmerica’s ability to further the interests of its members and the American wine industry as a whole. We look forward to working with them as we move forward.”

“We are excited to work for WineAmerica,” commented Larry D. Meyers, the principal of Meyers & Associates, LLC. “The Association’s services and interests match the interests, experience and abilities of the senior members of our firm.  We look forward to actively representing the Association.”

Meyers & Associates, LLC will work in conjunction with the WineAmerica Board and Staff on pressing issues such as immigration reform, international trade and ensuring full funding for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.


Become a WineAmerica member and receive numerous benefits for your winery
17 June, 2014

As you know, the mission of WineAmerica is to encourage the dynamic growth and development of American wineries through the advancement and advocacy of sound public policy. In keeping with that vision, we have continued our partnership with ShipCompliant to encourage the growth of your winery. ShipCompliant is the industry leader in creating compliance and transaction platforms for the beverage alcohol industry. We’ve created a great program for you to thank you for your membership with WineAmerica. I encourage you to take advantage of this member benefit in particular because it does cover much of the cost of your membership.

All WineAmerica members that ship 250+ cases annually receive: 

  • 15% off a new ShipCompliant subscription
  • 3 months of AutoFile for free
  • Setup fees waived

 

To take advantage of this offer, simply complete the form on this page. We are looking forward to a partnership where your winery reaches new heights!


The 2014 National Wine and Grape Policy Conference: May 18 – May 21 in Washington, DC
15 May, 2014

The 2014 National Wine and Grape Policy Conference in Washington, DC is where wine industry leaders from around the country meet to weigh in on the most pressing public policy issues affecting growers and wineries. Winegrowing from grape to glass is a heavily regulated industry and this two-and-a-half day conference will feature excellent speakers, presentations and insights on the politics and policies affecting the industry. Leaders who want to make a difference will be at the 2014 National Wine and Grape Policy Conference.

WineAmerica and Winegrape Growers of America are reuniting to produce the 2014 Wine and Grape Policy Conference, set for May 18-21, 2014. The conference features a revised format to maximize learning, advocacy and networking in a setting only minutes away from Capitol Hill and our nation’s key regulatory agencies. This is a business conference, but May is also a prime time to enjoy Washington, DC’s many sights and attractions.

GMOs, TTB ruling on growlers, and FDA rule-making are just some of the federal, state and regional issue covered in the May Policy Bulletin. Log-in as a member in the upper-left hand corner to view content. For a PDF copy, email Tara Good at tgood@wineamerica.org

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WineAmerica Announces UPS Partnership
18 June, 2013

WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, is pleased to announce a new wine shipping partnership with UPS starting June 1. 

 

After seven successful years offering a FedEx discount to wineries across the country, WineAmerica has secured a comprehensive service program with UPS that includes substantial discounts, expended insurance, additional benefits and service options, and is available in all states that ship wine. 

 

Up to 65% off select International

Up to 60% off select Express

Up to 33% off select Ground

Up to 30% off select Home Delivery

Bonus: 67% off Adult Signature!

 

WineAmerica membership questions email:  tgood@wineamerica.org

UPS rates and service call the Association Help Center: 800-325-700.

 

Expanded Coverage

Flexible Parcel Insurance covers your wine shipment beyond standard carrier liability programs. It covers your wine throughout the shipment path to your customer’s signature.

· Insures against breakage up to selling cost

· Protects against temperature-related issues, such as cork push or seepage

 

2nd Day Air Saturday Delivery

Customers visit your winery early in the week and enjoy your wine by Saturday.

 

UPS Delivery Intercept

With UPS Delivery Intercept you can:

· Return the shipment to you

· Redirect to another address

· Hold it for pickup or future delivery

 

UPS Voice Notification

Calls are made prior to scheduled delivery, allowing customers to make arrangements for someone over 21 years of age to be available to sign for your wine on the very first delivery attempt.

 

What happened to WineAmerica’s FedEx Program?

We are always looking to bring the best programs to our members. UPS’s discounts matches and in most cases exceeds FedEx’s rates, and offers additional benefits and service options.

 

I am signed up with FedEx through WineAmerica, do I need to sign-up with UPS?

Yes, starting June 1st log on to the Members Only section of WineAmerica’s website to register.

 

How long will it take?

It only takes minutes to sign-up!

 

What if I don’t have my password?

Email tgood@wineamerica.org and we will send it to you. You can change your password once you are logged in.

 

When will my discounts with FedEx end?

Your discounts will continue until June 1st when WineAmerica changes over to UPS.

 

What states can use this discount?

The WineAmerica-UPS program is available in all 50 states!

 

What if I’m already using UPS?

When you sign-up through WineAmerica, enter your existing UPS account number.

 

What are UPS’s rules for shipping wine?

For more information visit: ups.com/wine

 

How much would it cost for me to ship wine across the country?

For specific quotes on services call the Association Help Center at 800-325-700


Wine and Grape Coalition Works on Capitol Hill
10 April, 2013

By Mark Chander
 
Last week several of our wine industry peer organizations came to Washington, DC for a policy conference hosted by Winegrape Growers of America (WGA) and the National Wine and Grape Initiative (NGWI). Other industry partners such as Wine Institute, American Farm Bureau, and state and regional associations also participated (Atlantic Seaboard, California, Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, New York and Washington) - about 35 in the entire group. Most of the meetings and hill visits were coordinated by the very capable Cornerstone Government Affairs group, the new lobbying firm for the California Association of Winegrape Growers.
 
Coalition partners were able to meet with several key committees and agencies – House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations, House Horticulture Subcommittee, House Judiciary legal staff, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA Risk Management Agency, TTB and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The primary policy matters addressed were funding for the Farm Bill, maintaining Specialty Crop Research and Block Grant initiatives, and immigration.
 
One entire day was set aside for a visit to the USDA Agricultural Research Service Center in Beltsville, MD, where the group was updated on cutting edge research in genotyping, agrosystems and environmental management, phenotyping, and crop protection.
 
Visits to Capitol Hill allowed us to meet with Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR), Rep. Sam Farr (CA), House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (VA), Rep. Jeff Denham (CA), Rep. Jim Costa (CA), Rep. David Valadeo (CA) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA). Several attendees met with their representatives individually. With the budget votes hanging in the balance it was a critical time to have a presence on Capitol Hill.  
 
A “Taste of the Grape” reception was held one evening, where wines from CA, VA, MO, NY, WA and CO were poured for the enthusiastic congressional staff and agency personnel.
 
Overall we found an unexpectedly aware group of people, who knew our issues, and listened to our stories. It is this type of contact that makes the difference between “being at the table, rather than on the menu” as expressed by one of our pundits. We are hopeful that funding for our priorities remains stable.
 
I strongly encourage as many WineAmerica members as possible to join us May 13-15 for our Annual Meeting, where similar opportunities will be offered. There is no substitute for one-on-one contacts with your legislators, who pay particular attention when you spend your time and energy to come visit them at their offices in Washington, DC.
 
Please join us!
 
Register for the WineAmerica Policy Conference here:  http://wamembers.grow-clients.com/

 



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March 4-5, Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond, VA

  • 20% discount for sessions (except Distilling 101)
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March 10-10, St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO

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The 2nd annual Craft Beverage Expo (CBE) is bringing together artisan beverage producers from across the country to learn proven business strategies from industry pioneers, connect with fellow artisans from every beverage segment, and to find new business partners who cater to smaller scale operations.

In addition the CBE conference program offers sessions on marketing, business development and regulatory issuesall geared toward small batch producers. Make sure that your vineyard is involved in the conversation to reach new customers and convert them to ambassadors for your label. Visit http://craftbeverageexpo.com/

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March 17-18. The only one of its kind, the Central Coast Wine Industry Conference & Tradeshow (WiVi) draws winemakers, grape growers, winery owners and managers to network and experience the full range of resources available to them on the Central Coast and beyond. Held at the Paso Robles Event Center, the two-day conference includes educational seminars with a regional focus on viticulture, winemaking and DTC/winery marketing addressed by today's top industry leaders; as well as a one-day tradeshow featuring two rooms packed with hundreds of companies showcasing new products and innovative tools.

WiVi Central Coast is hosted by WINE BUSINESS MONTHLY, the leader in product information and resources for the wine industry; and Precision Ag Consulting, a regional viticulture consulting business that understands the pulse of the Central Coast. For more information on WiVi, please visit WiViCentralCoast.com.

Eastern Winery ExpositionEWE

 10% registration discount for the 4th annual Eastern Winery Exposition taking place March 17-19 at the Oncenter in Syracuse, New York.

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UPS2UPS

Expanded Coverage, 2nd Day Air Saturday Delivery, UPS Delivery Intercept, UPS Voice Notification.

  • Up to 65% off select International
  • Up to 60% off select Express
  • Up to 33% off select Ground
  • Up to 30% off select Home Delivery
  • 67% off Adult Signature

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Reduce exposure to alcohol liability lawsuits. Lower insurance premiums. Reduce penalties for alcohol violations.

Discounts for WineAmerica Members

Product Standard Price WineAmerica Member Price TIPS Train-the Trainer Workshop $499 per person $399 per person TIPS Participant Manuals $16 per manual* $15 per manual* eTIPS  Online Certification $40 per person $30 per person**

*Manuals are sold in bundles of 10 and are required to receive certification in our classroom programs.
**Become a member to receive your WineAmerica Promotion Code.

Contact: Trevor Estelle

Health Communications, Inc.
1400 Key Boulevard, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22209
p: (800) 438-8477
e: wineamerica@gettips.com
e: www.gettips.com

ShipCompliant

ShipCompliant is the industry leader in creating compliance and transaction platforms for the beverage alcohol industry. By reducing time-to-market and enabling new sales channels, our SaaS produces are changing the way wineries, breweries, distilleries, and importers of alcohol do business. We take the burden of compliance off of our clients plates, giving them freedom to focus on what they do best: making great wine, beer, and spirits.

Discount for WineAmerica members: Discount for WineAmerica Members that ship 250+ cases annually: 15% off a new ShipCompliant subscription, plus try 3 months of AutoFile for free! All of your setup fees will be waived.

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Nomacorcnomacorc logo

Nomacorc is a worldwide leader in wine closures and the number one closure brand for still wineries in many countries including the US and France. The company uses panted co-extrusion process that offers a range of closures each with difference oxygen transferrates that helps provide consistent, fault-free wines.

Discount for WineAmerica members: WineAmerica members receive up to 15% off their first order.

w: www.nomacorc.com

Vineyard Winery ManagementVWM Smaller

Members not familiar with Vineyard & Winery Management magazine can request a complimentary copy.

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Ohio Bottling Equipment

With over 40 years of experience in the packaging and bottling industry, our team is capable of delivering a solution to your bottling needs. From cappers to fillers, bottles to corks, we can source and provide your bottling solution.

w: www.ohiobottlingequipment.com

Discount for WineAmerica members: 5% discount on purchase over $1,000.

Benchmark Consulting

Benchmark Consulting is the world's leading search firm dedicated to serving the wine community. With offices in Napa, California, we conduct searches domestically and internationally for clients that range from the largest winery in the world to boutique family-owned operations.

Discounts to WineAmerica members will be determined upon clients needs.

w: www.benchmarkhr.com