Benefits Apply Members Only

Services and benefits offered by Family Winemakers of California are available to current Regular and Associate members.   Following are descriptions and information to obtain additional details.

Advocacy.  Family Winemakers is principally an advocacy organization that promotes the rights of members to produce, market and sell wine.  Every session FWC works 100+ bills on your behalf, engages on wine industry regulatory issues, and works on direct shipping reform.  Reform of state alcohol law in the past 14 years has been substantial.  Political Solutions, Inc. is our lobbying firm in Sacramento (916) 492-2766.

Trade and Consumer Tastings.  FWC-hosted wine tastings for qualified trade, media and consumers in Southern California and the Bay Area are key marketing events.  Each is a cost effective way to reconnect with clients and meet new customers.  Participation requires payment of dues, an exhibitor fee and insurance with liquor liability coverage.  These costs are not included in regular membership fee.  Type 02, 17/20 and 85 licensees can pour.  Associate members can attend.

August 17, 2014 -- San Mateo Tasting.  Winemakers welcome 1,500 trade and consumers.  Registration opens in April.

Web Site Linkages.  FWC members are listed on our web site (www.familywinemakers.org) under their membership category.  This includes contact information and a link to your online wine store, as well as the ability to post your logo and a brief description.  More importantly, FWC’s web site will allow wineries engaged in direct-to-consumer wine sales to list themselves on the Buying CA Wine consumer map.  The map is designed to tell consumers which wineries sell in their state.

Membership Page
.  FWC members have password-protected access to their membership information on our Member Page to provide the association with updated information and a simple method to use for the annual renewal process. This is also where registration to pour at a tasting occurs.

Property & Casualty Insurance.  FWC partners with CBIZ and WineAmerica Insurance Administrators for winery and vineyard property and casualty insurance, which can include liquor liability. For more information and a quote, please contact Sue Varnell at 1-800-524-4442 or svarnell@CBIZ.com. 

Educational Program.  FWC hosts quarterly webinars on key winery topics with Moss Adams.  Look for email announcements to sign up. 

Credit Card Processing
.  FWC partners with Elavon for credit card processing services at interchange plus pricing.  For more information on rates and services contact Vani Tidwell 415-816-1114 or vani.tidwell@usbank.com

Family Wine Chronicle.  FWC publishes a weekly newsletter during the year that covers current legislative and regulatory information affecting the wine industry, as well as important organizational updates.  We use Constant Contact for safe, secure email delivery in an html format. 

Online credit card payment.  Members can pay dues or tasting fees with a Visa or MasterCard on the FWC web site to facilitate timely payment.  A 3% convenience charge is included.

Political Action Committee
.  FWCPAC extends our educational reach and assist candidates that share our views.   Funds are raised separately for this activity under Fair Political Practice Commission guidelines.  Participation by member wineries will enhance FWC's ability to advocate small producer views.  Contributions are voluntary, but strongly encouraged and have helped build solid relationships for winery issues.

Membership Meetings.
  The Annual Meeting via webinar on January 27, 2015 will offer an opportunity to gain new insights affecting your business in the compliance and public policy areas.

Revised April 15, 2014

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