Killing the Last Vestige of the 3 Tier System in California

Killing the Last Vestige of the 3 Tier System in California

“Wholesale industry officials did not comment for this story prior to deadline, despite repeated attempts,” wrote Santa Rosa Press Democrat business reporter Bill Swindell. And it was a simple question he had for them too: Do you support California Assembly Bill 1233 that would allow distilleries in the state to sell direct to the consumer from their distillery premises? This shouldn’t sound like a novel concept. Both wineries and breweries and cideries are able to legally offer samples to consumers…

Mar 24, 2015

Robert Parker is Wrong—He’s Not Part of the Problem

Robert Parker is Wrong—He's Not Part of the Problem

Robert Parker, Jr. is wrong. He’s not “part of the problem” In an interview with Drinks Business, Mr. Parker lamented the fact that the world’s most coveted wines are so expensive: “The influential wine critic said that the rising prices of top labels from leading fine wine regions was a ‘problem and a concern’, particularly for the ‘younger generation’, which is being put off the category by the high cost of trying its best products.” Yes, many of the world’s…

Mar 23, 2015

Killing the Wine & Arsenic Story — Before It’s Too Late

Killing the Wine & Arsenic Story — Before It's Too Late

“Boy, who knew about the arsenic in wine. I’m a beer drinker.” “Great, now there’s another way I can die…Just drink wine” These are two comments that were directed at me this weekend. Both were unsolicited and both in response to me being asked what I do for a living and responding that I work in the wine business. IF YOU DON’T THINK THE ARSENIC STORY IS A BIG DEAL, YOU BETTER THINK AGAIN. Here’s what I can guarantee: sales…

Mar 11, 2015

Behold—The Whiny Call of the Wine Wholesaler

Behold—The Whiny Call of the Wine Wholesaler

whining (verb) 1. give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound. 2. To complain or protest in a childish or annoying fashion The Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America (WSWA), that national organization representing the best box carriers in the country, never gets any media coverage for its press releases. You might think that’s odd given this organization’s political clout and multi-million dollar annual budgets. But if you want to understand why this is the case all you…

Mar 10, 2015

NY Liquor Regulators Slapped Down For Shady Enforcement Tactic

NY Liquor Regulators Slapped Down For Shady Enforcement Tactic

New York State Representative Phil Steck of Schnectady has introduced a bill in Albany that the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) and its allies in the wholesaler community aren’t going to like. If passed into law, his bill would prohibit the NYSLA from trying to destroy a local wine retailer and put all its employees out on the street. Rep. Steck’s proposed bill, A5920, would prohibit the NYSLA from penalizing a NY state alcohol licensee for allegedly violating another…