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The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law

The Digest is a compilation and condensation of statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions from all states governing the sales and marketing of wine and distilled spirits. It is a user-friendly reference guide to the information you need to conduct business as a producer or importer in the wine and spirits industry. It has been specifically designed to eliminate the problem of spending hours searching for the statutes and regulations relevant to your situation. It is available in print and online versions. The online version allows the subscriber to access desired information by subject or by state. The print version comes in a four binder set.

Digest subscribers represent all aspects of the alcoholic beverage industry, from wineries, distilleries, and importers to attorneys, trade associations, and industry consultants. Anyone who needs to navigate the regulations of selling and marketing wine and distilled spirits will be benefitted by a subscription to this versatile service.

 

What The Digest Covers

Here are some of the resources you'll find in The Digest:

State Digests - A separate Digest has been prepared for every state and the District of Columbia. States that have both state-controlled business and private-sector business (through wholesalers) are further divided into two Digests — a “Control” Digest and an “Open” Digest (for example, Oregon Control and Oregon Open). Similarly, states that conduct only state-controlled business are labeled as a “Control” Digest (for example, New Hampshire Control).

The individual state Digests cover a wealth of practical information, beginning with contact data for each applicable regulatory agency — the mailing, street, and internet address(es), as well as phone and fax number(s). Each state Digest is organized in a standardized, easy-to-follow format. Its information is divided into seventeen major sections and numerous subsections (which can vary by state). Refer to the "Outline of State Digest Information" below for an explanation of these primary divisions.

Legal citations are included with the relevant text, not in a separate footnote or listing. These references enable you or your legal counsel to locate the necessary statutory or regulatory data quickly and easily when you want to review the regulatory sources in their entirety.

Requirements by State - Tables providing “at a glance” summary information on each state’s requirements. One table is provided for Suppliers selling through the wholesale channel and includes licensing, bond, and sales license requirements, as well as label registration, price posting, monopoly protection, and reporting. The other table is for companies shipping Direct to Consumer and includes licensing, bond, and tax registration requirements as well as sales and excise tax reporting, label registration, wine of own production, and shipping limits.

Control States - A listing of all “control” states, with an explanation of what commodities are covered and how business is conducted in each particular state that operates a control system.

Direct Shipments of Alcoholic Beverages (to Consumers and/or Retail Licensees) - A state-by-state compilation of information on shipping alcoholic beverages direct to residents and/or retail licensees in the listed states. Qualifications for licensing, protocols for shipping, tax returns and reports to be submitted, and all legal requirements are covered in detail. A few states permit the direct shipment of distilled spirits and/or malt beverages in addition to wine. This listing also includes available information on felony prosecutions and penalties for those states that do not permit direct shipments to consumers.

Excise Tax Table - A table showing current data on excise tax rates for the federal government and each state for wine and distilled spirits. Additional rates for cider and beer are found in the respective State Digests.

Federal Law and Regulations - Selected sections of the law, or Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), are reprinted in their entirety (except as otherwise noted) and included for ease of reference.

Sunday Sales - A listing of where alcoholic beverages may be sold on Sunday and the hours during which they may be sold.

 

History

The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law was founded in 1991 by Mary Kramer of M. J. Kramer & Associates. Since Mary's retirement in 2018, the service has been carried on by Compliance Service of America, (CSA), a long time subscriber of The Digest.

CSA has specialized in alcoholic beverage regulation and licensing since 1983. A fully staffed compliance firm, CSA brings to The Digest a wealth of expertise and experience in explaining complicated regulations in plain English.

 

Subscriptions


Online Version

The online version is the best way to experience The Digest and take advantage of its wealth of knowledge. The online version allows subscribers to instantly create multi-state reports for every section in the State Digests, as well as more focused reports on specific topics within three sections: Trade Practices, Advertising, and Miscellaneous (which includes subjects regulated by some but not all states, such as Sunday sales, growlers, private labels, schematics, etc.).

To see a demonstration of the online version, go to The Digest’s home page at www.wineandspiritslaw.comand click the “See the Demo” link. 

 

Printed Version

For Digest subscribers who also want a copy of The Digest in printed form, a paper version organized into four 3-ring binders is available for an additional annual fee.

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Alex and Marina from The Digest Team
Alex and Marina from The Digest Team
WIN Expo, Santa Rosa, CA
Jay, Alex and Sara at The Digest table
Jay, Alex and Sara at The Digest table
NCSLA, Louisville, KY 2019
Dirk and Eva at the Oregon Wine Symposium
Dirk and Eva at the Oregon Wine Symposium
Oregon Wine Symposium, Portland, OR 2019
The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law Demo
The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law Demo
A brief demonstration of The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law website
Promotions: How to Tell If It’s Legal

Your marketing team has just come to you with a proposal for a new promotion to be launched in several states. Is it legal in each state they are proposing? And—if not, can it be revised to fit within the rules and still achieve the objective? Promotions, especially those that directly support sales at the retail level, may include activities that are prohibited in some states. Consulting The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law is always a good first step in determining whether the promotion could invite trouble.

For example: Did you know that a California winery may conduct consumer tastings at licensed establishments in Texas, but is prohibited from doing the same thing in Arkansas or Mississippi? Subscribers can run a quick trade practice report to review the rules. The PDF attached to this posting is an actual Trade Practice report generated from The Digest website for Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas for section 15.9, Sampling/Promotional Activities for Consumers.

The Digest is a compilation and condensation of statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions from all states governing the sales and marketing of wine and distilled spirits in a user-friendly format. It is an economical, time-saving, and indispensable reference for wine and spirits professionals.

For a demonstration of the power and ease of The Digest, go to our website and click See the Demo.


Trade Practice report.pdf


News Archive


Stay Off the Radar – Know your DTC shipping limits
03 December, 2019

DTC shipping limits can be confusing, and they are different in every state. Knowing the shipping limits for each state you ship to will help you manage your DTC sales and, most importantly, will ensure you don’t receive a warning letter for exceeding the limit. It's best to stay off the state’s radar.

For a handy reference to the shipping limits and other direct shipping requirements, subscribe to The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law website and review the State Requirements table for DTC shipping. A sample of this table is attached to this post.

The Digest is a compilation and condensation of statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions from all of the states governing the sales and marketing of wine and distilled spirits in a user-friendly format. It is an economical, time-saving, and indispensable reference for wine and spirits professionals.

For a demonstration of the power and ease of The Digest, go to the website and click See the Demo.


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Know Where Your Salespeople Need Licenses
27 November, 2019

As your wine or spirits business enters new markets, it is important to know where your brand representatives must hold licenses before they begin conducting sales calls. And—does your company need additional licensing to order to employ a salesperson? These are vital considerations for building your brand's presence in other markets. Creating a compliant sales force is an important way to keep product moving.


The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law is the most complete resource for understanding the licensing requirements for your sales team. Download the PDF attached to this post to review a report on licensing required in Massachusetts generated by The Digest website. 


The Digest is a compilation and condensation of statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions from all of the states, governing the sales and marketing of wine and distilled spirits in a user-friendly format. It is an economical, time-saving, and indispensable reference for wine and spirits professionals. For a demonstration of the power and ease of The Digest, go to our 
website and click See the Demo.


Digest report re MA Licensing.pdf


Changing Distributors? Know the Rules Before Making a Move
19 November, 2019

Changing distributors can be simple or difficult depending on your reasons for switching and the rules of the distributor’s state. Good distributor relations certainly help, but understanding the rules before you begin the process can save the day. A quick review of the state's Franchise Laws/Wholesaler Registration Requirements (Section 10) in The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law will give you the understanding you need to either proceed on your own, or to get your legal advisor involved.

The Digest is a compilation and condensation of statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions from all of the states governing the sales and marketing of wine and distilled spirits in a user-friendly format. It is an economical, time-saving, and indispensable reference for wine and spirits professionals.

For a demonstration of the power and ease of The Digest, go to our website and click See the Demo.


Select Section 10. Franchise Laws/Wholesaler Registration Requirements


How to Get the Right Compliance Answer
05 November, 2019

Getting the right answer from a regulator can be tough, particularly when you don't know how to frame the question. To get the best answer it's important to understand the regulators' context. This is where The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law can help enormously. By reviewing the existing rules and policies that apply to your situation ahead of time, you can craft your question with an understanding of the regulator's perspective to help them think positively about your idea. Spending a few minutes with The Digest first will increase your odds for getting the right answer.

The Digest is a compilation and condensation of statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions from all of the states, governing the sales and marketing of wine and distilled spirits.

A subscription to The Digest is only $995 a year, which is less than $85 a month for reliable compliance support. For a demonstration of the power and ease of The Digest, go to our website and click See the Demo.


When You Can't Afford to be Held Up by Compliance
23 October, 2019

When opportunities to sell wine or spirits present themselves, you want to launch right away. But what do you do when there are compliance issues to be considered, but you don't have time to do the research needed?


That's where The Digest of Wine and Spirits can give you a running start. The Digest, or the "Red Books" as they have been known for years in the industry, gives you the best resource available for navigating compliance issues QUICKLY.


A new subscriber recently told us how he had spent considerable time trying to find the correct excise tax rate for a state. He started with Google, which gave him conflicting information. He then checked the state's website without success. So he called the state, only be told the person who could answer his question was out and would not call him back until the next day. That was the last straw: he subscribed to The Digest and found his answer in seconds.


When time is precious and compliance expertise is required, The Digest will deliver what you need in a clear and easy-to-use format.


The Digest is an indispensable, economical, and time-saving reference for wine and spirits professionals. Multiple user discounts allow for even greater savings. To see what The Digest can do for you and your company, download the attached PDF "About the Digest" or go to our website and click "See the Demo."


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Faster and Easier Access to The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law
08 October, 2019

At long last, the NEW website for The Digest of Wine & Spirit Law (aka The Red Books) is now live and ready for you! In addition to many other improvements, the new Digest website will stay up-to-date, as we now have the ability to post changes to laws and rules as soon as we learn of them. (The printed version will still be updated quarterly.) See the new site and check out our new video: 




The Digest is an economical, time-saving, and indispensable reference for wine and spirits professionals. And multiple user discounts allow for even greater savings. Visit our subscribe page for subscription information.


New Website for The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law
24 September, 2019

The Digest of Wine & Spirit Law, the preferred legal reference for wine and spirits professionals, will soon launch a brand new website. The new site will feature updated and re-organized content, allowing users much faster and easier access and report generation. In addition, The Digest will now be more up-to-date than ever, as changes to laws and rules will be posted to the site ongoingly, rather than just quarterly as in the past (the printed version will still be updated quarterly). The Digest's new site is scheduled to debut on Monday, October 7 at www.wineandspiritslaw.com.


The Digest is an economical, indispensable and time-saving reference for wine and spirits professionals. Multiple user discounts allow for even greater savings.  To see what The Digest can do for you and your company, download the attached PDF "About the Digest" or go to the website and click the Demo link.


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The Digest Shines a Light on Franchise Laws
16 July, 2019

The Digest of Wine & Spirit Law brings the franchise laws from every state into clear focus. Turn to this industry reference when you need to change distributors, consider a new market, or just understand the rules in a given state. The online version allows users to generate reports on franchise laws covering one state or many, so you can make well-informed choices on these consequential business decisions. A subscription to the Digest helps you steer clear of unexpected surprises in the world of wine distribution. 

To see more about The Digest, download the attached PDF "About the Digest" or go to our website and click on the Demo link.


About the Digest 2019-4.pdf


Multi-User Discounts Available for The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law
18 June, 2019

The Digest of Wine & Spirit Law is an indispensable reference for any wine or spirits professional. If more than one person in your company needs to access The Digest, our pricing for multiple users makes it even more affordable. Two users is all you need to begin receiving the multiple user discount. And, there is even greater savings per user if you need more than five. In fact, the deeper discount offered for six users makes that cost less than five users. Are we crazy? Maybe. But we're clear that we want as many people as possible to have access to this wonderful industry resource.

Not yet a Digest subscriber? Check it out. Download the attached PDF "About the Digest" or go to our website and click on the Demo link.


About the Digest 2019-4.pdf


The Digest: A Great Tool for Evaluating New Markets
04 June, 2019

Have you been wanting to expand into new markets? Do you know what are the real expenses of doing business in the states you're thinking about? It's important to know which states have strong wine sales, but often the licensing and compliance requirements are overlooked in the consideration. 

Will you be required to register with the Secretary of State to operate there? If you are shipping wholesale, how careful do you need to be when selecting your distributor? Will it be difficult or expensive to change your distributor later? If you are shipping DTC, what are the reporting requirements? Are you limited to wine of your own production? Many factors need to be taken into account to determine the true business potential of any particular state. 

The Digest of Wine and Spirits Law is an excellent, quick reference for evaluating the licensing fees, renewal fees, ongoing regulatory requirements and more, so you can look before you leap. 

To check it out, download the attached PDF "About the Digest" or go to our website and click on the Demo link.

About the Digest 2019-4.pdf


On the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law
21 May, 2019

The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law will be on display and available for test-driving at the annual National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA), June 16-19 in Louisville, KY, doorway to the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Industry members are invited to contact us to arrange a demo of The Digest at our Conference booth or in a nearby office.

State regulators are also invited to come by for a demo, and to find out about the new Regulatory Discount.

The Digest is a compilation and condensation of statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions from all states, governing the sales and marketing of wine and distilled spirits.  Any business that ships wine or spirits across states lines will benefit by subscribing to this useful resource. For regulators, it is a useful reference for learning how various regulatory issues are handled in other states.

To check it out, download the attached pdf "About the Digest" or go to the website and click on the Demo link.

About the Digest 2019-4.pdf


When Your Marketing Team Sets up a Tasting Event - How Do You Know It's Legal?
07 May, 2019

The rules for tasting events are different in every state. So when your marketing team comes up with their next great idea for an out-of-state tasting, how do you answer that question quickly? Answer: Log onto The Digest website and check the trade practices section for the state where the event is planned.

You may still have to consult with counsel or your compliance company, but it's always best to have an idea of the rules before even asking for advice. If you have a subscription to the Digest of Wine & Spirits Law, simply select the tasting section and the state where the tasting will be held to see a summary of the regulations that apply, along with citations if you need the exact wording of the regulation or law. It's that simple!

For a taste of The Digest, go to the website and click on the Demo link.


The easy way to stay up to date on compliance
23 April, 2019

Compliance rules are changing all the time and it takes a lot of work to stay up-to-date with current requirements. Want a shortcut? You can have regulatory changes delivered to your desktop by subscribing to the Digest of Wine & Spirits Law.

The Digest is updated quarterly. Online subscribers are notified when each time updates are posted, and subscribers to the printed version receive replacement pages for their binders. The most recent update was just sent to subscribers and is live on the website now. (Download the attachment to see what changed.) Become a subscriber to make your compliance load a little lighter.

To see a sample of The Digest, go to the website and click on the Demo link. 

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Know what you are talking about before you ask a compliance question
09 April, 2019

It's hard to get the right answer when you're asking out of the blue. Educated questions get the best answers.

That's why we use professionals to get the technical answers we need, right? Because they know what they're talking about and they know what to expect when they are asking the questions. Get the background you need for your compliance questions with The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law.

The Digest is a compilation and condensation of statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions from all states governing the sales and marketing of wine and distilled spirits. While it won't interpret the rules for your specific situation, it will provide, either directly or by citation, the actual rules that are relevant to your situation. With those in hand, you can discuss your situation with a regulator (or your legal firm) and make sure you are getting the best answers.

The Digest is available for an annual subscription fee: $995/year, that's very low cost compliance support at less than $85/month! To check it out, go to the website http://www.wineandspiritslaw.com and click on the Demo link.


Compliance Questions? The Digest Is the answer!
25 March, 2019

Ever wonder how big wine and spirits companies are able to wend their way through tricky compliance issues and come up with something the rest of us thought we couldn't do? Sure, they have an in-house team, but they also subscribe to The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law. The Digest is not well known in the industry so we're letting you in on this trade secret! 

The Digest is a compilation and condensation of statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions from all states governing the sales and marketing of wine and distilled spirits. Any business that ships wine or spirits across states lines will benefit by subscribing to this useful resource. 

To check it out, download the attached pdf "About the Digest" or go to the The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law website and click on the Demo link. 

The Digest is now published by Compliance Service of America (CSA), a long time subscriber of The Digest. A fully staffed compliance firm, CSA brings a wealth of expertise and experience in explaining complicated regulations in plain English, to The Digest.

About the Digest PDF

Subscriptions for The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law

Standard subscriptions provide access to The Digest's website and allow unlimited use by the registered user. Multiple-user discounts are offered for companies that wish to provide access for more than one user, and a print version may be added to any subscription for an additional fee.

Government regulators: Contact us to find out about our special regulator subscription rate!

 

Base subscription rates - online access

Single-user subscription: $995/year

2 - 5 User subscriptions: $800 each/year

6 - 10 User subscriptions: $650 each/year

 

Additional fee for printed version - four 3-ring binders

First year set-up: add $500 to base subscription fee

Options after the first year:

Receive paper updates by mail: add $300 to base subscription fee

Receive PDF updates by email: add $100 to base subscription fee

 

Please contact us if you have any questions or if you need more than 10 users.

 

Download(s):

Title Name Email Phone
Subscriber Coordinator Karra Romero digest@wineandspirits.com 800-400-1353
Editor Alex Heckathorn digest@wineandspirits.com 800-400-1353 Ext (225)
Editor Sara Schorske digest@wineandspirits.com 800-400-1353 Ext (231)
Manager Dyana Nedra digest@wineandspirits.com 800-400-1353 Ext (223)

Press release: The Digest of Wine & Spirits Law announces new website

November 13, 2019

The Digest of Wine and Spirits Law team has just launched their highly anticipated website at www.wineandspiritslaw.com, making The Digest an even more powerful tool for the wine and spirits industry.

Trusted by industry professionals since its debut as a printed publication in 1991, The Digest provides a thorough and comprehensive condensation of statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions from all states governing the sales and marketing of wine and distilled spirits for both wholesale and DTC channels. Subscribers include wine and spirits suppliers, wholesalers, and distributors as well as attorneys and compliance professionals.

Compliance Service of America (CSA) purchased The Digest, known in the industry as the “Red Books,” from Mary Kramer in early 2018 when she retired. “As long time subscribers to The Digest, we wanted to keep this valuable resource available to the industry,” says CSA's founder, Sara Schorske.

CSA is uniquely qualified to take over as publisher of The Digest because the company has years of compliance experience with all tiers of the industry. “The experience and understanding we’ve gained from working directly with regulatory agencies over the years make CSA a perfect fit for continuing the development of The Digest,” says Alex Heckathorn, Senior Consultant at CSA.

In addition to expanded content, the new website offers significantly improved flexibility and ease in assembling regulatory information, allowing subscribers to instantly generate comprehensive and detailed reports covering many states and topics. More great news: The Digest team can now post changes to rules and laws to the website immediately, making the online version of The Digest more accurate and up-to-date than ever. 

Now that the new website is up, the Digest team has plans for more enhancements in 2020. Saved searches, a personalized dashboard for subscribers, optional email notifications about updates, and more improvements are in the works.

Annual subscriptions to the Digest website are $995. Multiple-user discounts are available. CSA still offers a print version of The Digest, which has been expanded to a four-binder set, updated on a quarterly basis. There are additional subscription costs for printed copies.

CSA, located in Southern Oregon, has specialized in alcoholic beverage regulation and licensing since 1983. A fully staffed compliance firm, CSA brings a wealth of expertise and experience in explaining complicated regulations in plain English. For more information, contact Dyana Nedra or Karra Romero at 800-400-1353 or digest@wineandspiritslaw.com.

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