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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.

Supplier Summary Table (fka Abstract of Legal Requirements) - A table providing “at a glance” summary information on each state’s licensing, bonding, price posting, brand registration requirements - and more - for suppliers selling through the wholesale channel in each state.

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.



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.



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 “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.


The easy way to stay up to date on compliance

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. 

Summary of Quarterly update list 2019-4.pdf

News Archive

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 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.



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