What You Need to Know About Selling Wine on the Internet

The information provided below is intended as a brief overview only - you should fully investigate the rules in your jurisdiction prior to using WineCommune. If you have questions about rules, you should contact your state's beverage control authority directly.

Selling Wine

Selling wine in the United States is a highly regulated activity. In addition to federal rules, there are state and local laws that vary by jurisdiction. You must comply with all relevant laws when using WineCommune - nothing about the Internet or WineCommune makes an activity legal that is otherwise illegal.

WineCommune does not represent that you are legally able to sell wine or ship wine. You are responsible for investigating and complying with the laws of your jurisdiction.

At the federal level, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau requires retailers of beverage alcohol products to register, pay special tax and maintain certain records. If you would like the TTB forms and additional information to retail, wholesale or import beverage alcohol products, contact the National Revenue Center, 550 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202, by calling 1-800-398-2282 or by e-mail at ttbquestions@ttb.treas.gov. You may get more information at their website at ttb.gov.

Further, your state may require you to obtain a license before selling alcoholic beverages. The rules vary widely. The best course of action is to contact your state's beverage control authority to determine what laws apply in your state. You may goto http://www.ttb.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/lcb.htm for contact information for your state's beverage control authority.

Shipping Wine

Many states regulate the import and export of wines through their borders. You need to be aware of these rules before attempting to ship wine into or out of a particular state. Your state's beverage control authority can provide information on these laws. You may goto http://www.ttb.gov/alcohol/info/faq/subpages/lcb.htm for contact information for your state's beverage control authority. Alternatively, the Wine Institute provides an excellent introductory resource for these rules at http://www.wineinstitute.org/winelaw_home.html.

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