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.

  • 2018 WLC Conference

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    Sep 20, 2018

    The Women's Leadership Council (WLC) Conference is designed to connect current and future women leaders in the wholesale tier. This is a great opportunity to further educate, inspire and equip WSWA members to expand their role in the beverage alcohol industry. For more information, please contact Catherine McDaniel at

  • 2018 Fall Membership Meeting

    Oct 8, 2018

    The annual Fall Membership Meeting (FMM) is WSWA’s primary annual governance meeting where Board members start determining next year’s agenda and provide direction on legislative, legal and regulatory matters. FMM also offers members the opportunity to network with fellow wholesalers and state association executives as well as engage with a host of interesting speakers. For more information, contact Ryann Squier.

  • 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 Executive Committee Appoints Michelle L. Korsmo Incoming President and Chief Executive Officer

    July 19, 2018

  • Major Alcohol Industry Association Announces Support for Right to Legalize Cannabis

    July 12, 2018

    Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Says Federal Government Should Allow Industry to Operate if Regulated Similarly to Beverage Alcohol

  • WSWA Executive Committee Announces Association Leadership During Transition Phase

    July 2, 2018