Effective October 1, 2004, the definitions for unfortified wine [G.S. 18B-101(15)] and fortified wine [G.S. 18B-101(7)] will change pursuant to legislation passed this summer.
Under the new definitions, some unfortified wines with high alcohol content will become fortified wines. Some wine presently defined as fortified wine, because the wine contains brandy, will change to unfortified wine. These changes may impact retail establishments, as the retailer may not have the type of permit needed to continue to sell some of the products they have offered for sale in the past. (See below for a list of wines changing definitions.)
Wholesalers should contact their retail customers as soon as possible to discuss any changes that may need to be made in the products sold due to this legislative change.
Please note that as of October 1, 2004, wholesalers will have to take additional care to check the type of ABC permits at each retail location they service before delivering product.
As of October 1, 2004, retail and wholesale permittees will have to be in compliance with the new law. However, retailers will be allowed to deplete the stock of wine purchased prior to October 1, 2004.
View list of wines changing definition under the new law.