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 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. View the 2018 agenda here.

    For more information, contact Ryann Squier.

  • 2018 Winter State Policy Conference

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    Dec 12, 2018

    The Winter State Policy Conference provides an opportunity for wholesaler state association leaders to discuss the political and legal issues facing wholesalers across the country. By comparing notes and discussing strategy, the meeting increases the effectiveness of state associations and allows wholesalers to speak with a unified voice. The WSWA staff use this as an opportunity to receive input from state associations leaders and the implementation of national legislative and legal goals. View the 2018 agenda here.

    For more information, contact Ryann Squier.

  • Upcoming Meetings and Conventions

    Mar 31, 2019

    Mark Your Calendars:
    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 President and CEO Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Hear Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Byrd

    September 27, 2018

  • WSWA Women's Leadership Council Conference Shatters Attendance Record

    September 24, 2018

    Second Annual Event Continues Momentum for Influential Wholesaler Organization

  • Korsmo Takes Helm as WSWA President and CEO, and Outlines Q4 Action Agenda

    September 18, 2018

    Michelle Korsmo hit the ground running today as the new President and CEO of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), outlining for staff in a series of in-depth meetings a multi-pronged Q4 action agenda for the association.