In January, hundreds of wine industry advocates came together in Concord, Calif., for the 2018 Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium, including seminar sessions on social marketing, compliance, cannabis, operations, and more; plus thought provoking keynotes speakers; lively networking opportunities; and sponsor demos of new products and services. The two-day gathering was presented by (and a fundraiser for) Free the Grapes!, an advocacy organization that works closely with industry representatives and regional associations to streamline regulations, open more states to DTC wine shipments, and defend existing statutes. Since its founding in 1994, FTG has helped increase the number of legal wine shipping states from 17 to 44. [Photos courtesy of Free the Grapes!]