December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2017 marks 84 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. 

Federal Key Issue - LIFO Preservation

LIFO (Last-In, First-Out) is a widely-accepted inventory accounting used by large and small companies throughout the U.S. economy since 1938. Virtually every WSWA member company uses the LIFO method.

Federal Key Issue - Pass Through Entity Taxation

Any tax reform effort must be comprehensive in nature – taking into account changes to both personal and corporate tax rates. In recent years, there have been attempts to force most pass through entities – S corporations, partnerships, limited liability corporations, etc. – to become C corporations.

Federal Key Issue - TTB Funding

Congress should fully fund the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) at $111 million in FY 2017, including $5 million dedicated to trade practice enforcement.

  • 2018 Legislative Fly-In

    Jun 12, 2018

    WSWA hosts an annual legislative "Fly-in" for member companies to visit Washington, DC to speak directly with lawmakers, attend briefings and share the industry's position on how federal policies impact their businesses. This year's Fly-in will take place June 12-13, 2018. For more information, contact Arielle Broussard. 2018 Fly-In & “Toast to Congress” June 12-13, 2018 Trump Hotel Washington, DC The “Toast to Congress” will be held at Eastern Market

  • 2018 CLD Leadership Skills Conference

    Jul 15, 2018

    Please note, due to a change in our hotel location, CLD registration is temporarily offline and will open again Thursday, May 24, 2018. For more information, contact Kari Langerman at CLD Leadership Skills Conference (CLD) is WSWA’s annual executive training program for the next generation of industry leaders. It was developed to help build an educational foundation of crucial legislative, public policy, marketing and trend information needed to advance careers in the beverage alcohol industry. The conference also helps to develop connections among the wholesalers as well as suppliers and service providers, peers and current industry leaders. 2018 CLD Leadership Skills Conference July 15-17, 2018 TBD Atlanta, GA

  • Upcoming Meetings and Conventions

    Mar 31, 2019

    Mark Your Calendars: 2018 WSWA Women’s Leadership Conference September 20-21 W Hotel Washington, DC 2018 WSWA Fall Membership Meeting October 8-9, 2018 The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC 76th Annual Convention & Exposition March 31 - April 3, 2019 Grande Lakes Orlando Orlando, FL 2019 Fall Membership Meeting October 14-15, 2019 The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC Washington, DC 77th Annual Convention & Exposition April 21-23, 2020 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV

  • By the Numbers: The Wine and Spirits Industry

    September 27, 2017

    American family-owned wine and spirits wholesalers are the local marketing and logistic experts in every state and every Congressional district. Members of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America deliver the widest variety of beverage alcohol products anywhere in the world in a manner that is safe, transparent, well-regulated, and efficiently taxed.

  • Who Are Wholesalers and How Do They Work?

    September 26, 2017

    The nation’s nearly 3,000 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.

  • WSWA Honors Industry Leaders

    May 18, 2018

    Bobby Harmelin, Sue McCollum, and Rob Sands each Recognized for Leadership and Community Engagement

  • WSWA Wraps 75th Annual Convention & Exposition

    May 10, 2018

    Event continues to serve as launch pad for new products, trends and brand success stories

  • WSWA Convention Wraps Day One: Awards, New Chairman and Deal-Making

    May 1, 2018

    The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America 75th Annual Convention & Exposition opened today at Caesars Palace Las Vegas uniting suppliers and distributors under one roof, bringing together more than 2,700 suppliers, distributors, influencers and a record number of industry media attendees for three days of networking and deal making.