June 23-24, 2021
WineAmerica looks forward to holding its Spring 2021 National Policy Conference on June 23-24th. As with so many events during Covid-19, this meeting will be held virtually. We hope that WineAmerica members who are not usually able to join us for this annual event in Washington, D.C. will participate this year.
The two-day meeting will include a welcome address by WineAmerica Chair Janie Heuck and WineAmerica President Jim Trezise. There will be a keynote speaker from a member of the Congressional leadership and a government affairs presentation focusing on all of WineAmerica’s advocacy efforts in 2021.
Each afternoon will feature virtual Congressional meetings with key offices. We encourage all members to participate. There is no charge to attend.
** Subject to Change**
Events are open to the full membership until otherwise noted.
Non-board members will be invited to ask questions via the chat function, but will otherwise remain muted during meetings. Invitations with the participation link will be sent out individually.
All times are listed in EST.
Wednesday, June 23
11:30 am-12:30 pm: WineAmerica Spring Board Meeting and Membership Update (WineAmerica Board Only)
12:30 – 1 pm: Meeting with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Issue: Cannabis Reform and Tax Issues
1:30-1:45 pm: Welcome
Janie Heuck, Chair of WineAmerica and Jim Trezise, President of WineAmerica
1:45 – 2:30 pm: Government Affairs Update
Michael Kaiser and Tara Good, Vice Presidents
2:45-3:30 pm: Meeting with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Issue: USPS Shipping and Appropriations
3:30 – 4 pm: Keynote Address: Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA)
Chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus
5 – 6:30 pm: State and Regional Associations Round Table and Happy Hour (SRAAC and WineAmerica Board Members Only)
Thursday, June 24
12:00-1:00 pm: Presentation on Federal Cannabis Legalization/Reform
David Culver, Vice President of Global Government Relations, Canopy Growth
1:15-2:45 pm: Meeting with Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
Administrator Mary Ryan and team
3:00-3:45 pm: Meeting with Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) (invited)
4:00-4:45 pm: Meeting with Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) (invited)
Co-Chair of the Congressional Wine Caucus: USPS Shipping and general wine issues
5:00-6:00 pm: Virtual Wine Reception