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.

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 the House level of $123 million in FY 2019.

  • 76th Annual Convention & Exposition

    2019_convention_thumbnail Register
    Mar 31, 2019

    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. 76th Annual Convention & Exposition Grande Lakes Orlando, FL March 31 - April 3,209

  • 2019 CLD Leadership Skills Conference

    Jul 14, 2019

    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. For more information, contact Kari Langerman. The 2019 CLD Leadership Skills Conference will take place July 14-16, 2019 at the Omni Hotel Louisville, KY.

  • Upcoming Meetings and Conventions

    Apr 21, 2020

    Mark Your Calendars:

    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.

  • #WSWA76 Gears Up For Fourth Annual Brand Battle

    February 14, 2019

  • WSWA Women’s Leadership Council Elects 2019-2020 Advisory Board and Officers

    January 24, 2019

    Incoming Chairman, Philana Bouvier of Young’s Market Company, welcomes Vice Chair, Jessica Cyr of Martignetti Companies and two new Advisory Board members

  • Supreme Court Hearing Demonstrates Support for Three-Tier System and 21st Amendment

    January 16, 2019

    WSWA President and CEO Statement on Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair