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Steve Gross to Lead State Compliance for Direct Shipping Seminar at Sonoma State


Steve Gross to Lead State Compliance for Direct Shipping Seminar at Sonoma State

Sonoma State UniversityRohnert Park, CA (April 7, 2015) – Steve Gross, Vice President of State Relations for the Wine Institute will lead the “State Compliance for Direct Shipping” seminar at Sonoma State’s Wine Business Institute on April 22nd.  With wineries aiming to sell through direct to consumer channels, the seminar comes at critical time as wineries prepare to release their next vintages and anticipate increased sales and shipping as many work to fill wine club orders all over the country.

The four hour seminar will examine the complex array of state regulations as well as the tax and alcohol regulatory requirements for direct shipping of wine.  Seminar participants will receive the latest materials from the Wine Institute, including all required state forms for registration and reporting in all states and instructions for their completion.  The seminar will also host an overview and discussion around the ever-evolving regulations around shipping of wine in each state and the future of direct-shipping compliance legislation.

Steve Gross has been with the Wine Institute since 1986 where he oversees the Wine Institute’s legislative and regulatory activities with staff, contract lobbyists, and member wineries.  Gross regularly participates in many national programs dealing with issues facing the wine industry, both on the legislative and regulatory levels.

“State Compliance for Direct Shipping” is an elective seminar that can be taking individually or in combination with other core and elective seminars to earn the Wine Industry Finance & Accounting or Direct to Consumer certificates.  The seminar will be offered 8:30am – 12:30pm April 22nd.  Register by April 8th to receive the $30 early registration discount.  Contact Erin Ringstad, [email protected] or 707-664-3235 for more information.

Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy association of California wineries which brings together the resources of 1,000 wineries and affiliated businesses to support legislative and regulatory advocacy, international market development, media relations, scientific research, and education programs that benefit the entire California wine industry.  Learn more at www.wineinstitute.org.

About Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute:
Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute is located in the heart of California wine country and was created through a public-private partnership between the University and the wine industry. It offers a B.S. with a concentration in wine business strategies (since 1998), an MBA with an emphasis in wine business (since 2008), and an executive MBA in wine business (since 2012).  In addition, seminars and an online Certificate in Wine Business Management prepare students and industry professionals on topics such as accounting and finance, wine sales and marketing. Its faculty members are published experts, active researchers, and requested presenters on pressing industry topics locally and around the world. The Wine Business Institute operates within Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics, a fully accredited AACSB institution. Learn more at sonoma.edu/winebiz.

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