DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Farm wineries and direct wine sellers. Allows a farm winery permittee to sell not more than a total of 12,000 gallons of wine to a person who is the holder of a wine dealer's permit and a wine retailer's permit. Removes a provision that requires an initial face-to-face transaction between a consumer and a direct wine seller permittee before the permittee may ship to the consumer in Indiana. Removes provisions concerning certain requirements for applicants of direct wine seller's permits. Allows a direct wine seller permittee to ship wine to a consumer if the consumer: (1) sends to the direct wine seller permittee a copy of an approved government issued identification showing that the consumer is at least 21 years of age; or (2) uses an Internet based service that is approved by the alcohol and tobacco commission and specializes in age and identification verification. Allows a direct wine seller to ship directly to a consumer in Indiana only wine manufactured, produced, or bottled by the seller. Increases the number of days that a holder of a farm winery permit may participate in a trade show or an exposition with the approval of the alcohol and tobacco commission from 30 days to 45 days in a calendar year. Allows a direct wine seller permittee to directly ship not more than 18,000 gallons of wine in Indiana in any permit year. (Current law allows 27,000 liters.) Requires a direct wine seller permittee to pay the wine excise tax or the hard cider excise tax on an alcoholic beverage to which the tax is applicable and that has been manufactured or imported by the direct wine seller permittee. Makes conforming changes. Repeals a provision that creates a defense to a charge that a wine seller permittee sold to a consumer that did not meet certain requirements.