December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2014 marks 81 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

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WSWA Key Issues

Advancing the Interests and Independence of Wholesalers

WSWA represents its members before Congress, executive agencies, regulatory bodies, courts, and other alcohol beverage industry organizations.
The association monitors and advocates on numerous federal, state, and regulatory issues affecting wine and spirits wholesalers and the beverage alcohol industry. WSWA is committed to promoting the integrity of the state-based, three-tier system of alcohol regulation.

State Key Issue: Access to Alcohol by Minors

WSWA is committed to responsible distribution of alcohol and prevention of underage drinking.

Regulatory Key Issue: UK Beverage Alcohol Regulation

Recently, the United Kingdom has experienced a wave of public health and safety incidents related to counterfeit or adulterated alcohol. Media reports have indicated that officials have identified as much as £1.2 billion (GBP) in uncollected tax revenue lost each year in the illegal market. In addition, consumers in the U.K. have consistently encountered adulterated or counterfeit product sold outside legal distribution channels, including fake products causing death or serious illness.

State Key Issue: Ignition Interlocks

While there have been significant decreases in the number of alcohol related crashes, fatalities and injuries in the last two decades, the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) remains steadfast in its commitment to fighting drunk driving.

  • 73rd Annual Convention & Exposition

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    Apr 18, 2016

    The WSWA Convention & Exposition is where distributors seek out new and exciting beverage products for U.S. consumers, meet with existing portfolio partners and look for services to enhance internal operations. This event will provide you with THE opportunities you need to introduce new products or simply grow your brands, products or services in the U.S. marketplace. 73rd Annual Convention & Exposition Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV April 18-21, 2016

  • 2016 CLD Leadership Skills Conference

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    Jul 10, 2016

    One of WSWA’s most popular and successful programs is the Council for Leadership Development (CLD) Leadership Skills Conference, an executive training conference where we help equip the next generation of industry leaders with the tools, skills and resources they need to succeed. CLD helps ensure that the next generation of wholesaler leaders is prepared to handle the varied challenges that await them and the industry in the coming years. For more information, contact Kari Langerman. 2016 CLD Conference The Omni Hotel Nashville, TN July 10-12, 2016

  • Save the Date: Upcoming Meetings and Conventions

    Sep 19, 2016

    Mark Your Calendars: 2016 Fall Membership Meeting September 19-21, 2016 The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC Washington, DC 74th Annual Convention & Exposition April 18-21, 2017 Grande Lakes Orlando Orlando, FL 2017 Fall Membership Meeting October 16-17, 2017 The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC Washington, DC 75th Annual Convention & Exposition May 1-3, 2018 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV 77th Annual Convention & Exposition April 21-23, 2020 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV

  • U.S.-Style Three Tier System Could Address Beverage Alcohol Challenges in U.K

    December 29, 2013

    U.S.-Style Three Tier System Could Address Beverage Alcohol Challenges in U.K, WSWA Says

  • Who Are Wholesalers and How Do They Work?

    December 17, 2013

    The nation’s nearly 6,000 wine and spirits wholesaler locations are the crucial part of the responsible and efficient distribution system that delivers adults the widest variety of products available anywhere in the world in a manner that controls access for of-age consumers, delivers tax revenue to local, state and federal governments, and ensures product safety and consumer protection.

  • UK: Call for UK to adopt US' three-tier alcohol system

    October 30, 2013

    The UK should consider adopting a similar structure to the US' three-tier alcohol system to tackle alcohol duty fraud, a trade group has recommended.

  • Maryland Veto Debate Highlights Absence of Research on Marijuana-Impaired Driving

    January 22, 2016

    Maryland state legislators voted today to override legislation vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan decriminalizing the possession of marijuana including its consumption or smoking while driving.

  • WSWA Welcomes Three New Team Members

    December 22, 2015

    The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) announced today the addition of three new staff members: Heather Calio is Director, State Affairs; Reid Teschner is Coordinator, State and Regulatory Affairs - both based in Washington, D.C. Arthur Rebisz is Digital Strategy Project Manager for WSWA Services, LLC, an affiliate of WSWA. He is based in Boston. All are new positions.

  • WSWA Applauds Congress for Enactment of Important Legislation That Will Help Law Enforcement Fight Dangerous Drugged Driving

    December 17, 2015

    The nation’s new multi-year highway bill includes important provisions supported by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) that will help define clear standards and establish assessment protocols for law enforcement to use in fighting marijuana-impaired driving.