There is No “Conservative” and no “Liberal” in Wine Politics

There is No "Conservative" and no "Liberal" in Wine Politics

One of the most notable aspects of the various wine and alcohol-related political battles is that they rarely breakdown on partisan (Right versus Left) lines. There is no Republican view of alcohol regulation. There is no Democratic view of alcohol regulations. I was reminded of this upon reading, “Free America’s Beverage Markets” by Kevin Kosar, a Senior Fellow at the Right leaning R Street Institute. In this piece, Kosar takes to task the states’ various absurd, archaic and mostly anti-consumer…

May 27, 2015

Regulatory Overreach in Wine is Losing

Meanwhile, in the land of the rational and inevitable: 1. New York State Liquor Authority attempts to destroy NY retailer for shipping wine to consumers in states where it is allegedly against the law to ship, despite there being no NY law that prohibits these shipments. 2. NY Retailer at disciplinary hearing wants to question State Liquor Authority personnel as part of their defense. 3. State Liquor Authority says “no”, you can’t call such witnesses. 4. NY retailers says, “Oh,…

May 27, 2015

The Cynic Vs the Wine Bloggers

The Cynic Vs the Wine Bloggers

The Hosemaster of Wine, the wine industry’s real curmudgeon, believes it’s time for professional wine writers (Karen McNeil in Particular) to deliver to wine bloggers a very specific message: “You aren’t any good at what you do and you are unworthy of respect.” The Hosemaster imagines Karen McNeil addressing the coming Wine Bloggers Conference in this fashion: “Even if it is what you want to be, I’ve read most of the nominated and award-winning wine blogs, and you don’t have…

May 19, 2015

UZIs, Boxed Wine and Drizly’s Wholesaler Friends

Drizly, the quick booze delivery service, has had quite a week. Not only did it secure $13 million from investors to make sure it could deliver more Bud, Coors and Boxed Wine to connoisseurs in between 20 and 40 minutes, but it also got a money endorsement of the least tech-savvy group in the American beverage industry: The Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America. What I didn’t know about Drizly, however, but learned today in their press release on their…

Apr 23, 2015

Locating the Moral High Ground in the Wine Industry

Locating the Moral High Ground in the Wine Industry

There must be word or phrase for that rare occurrence when a business or organization’s financial interests are always located at the summit of the moral high ground. If there is no word or phrase for this phenomenon, there ought to be — how else to talk about and understand the role of the wine wholesaler. This rare confluence of morals and financial interest were on display at the recently completed Annual Convention of the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association…