Behold…The Rational Wine Consumer
In March, after a multi-year political battle, the Governor of Texas did not sign a law allowing sales of wine in grocery stores. Instead he signed a bill allowing cities and counties to vote on whether to sell wine in grocery stores.
In June campaigns in a number of Tennessee cities began to gather signatures to put the question of whether wine should be sold in grocery stores there on the November ballot.
Yesterday, after only three months, it was announced that enough signatures had been gathered in 80 cities to put the wine in grocery store question on the November ballot.
I have a feeling that after the votes in these 80 cities are counted after the November elections it will become clear that a much more efficient remedy to this question would have been to either 1) simply pass a law allowing grocery store sales of wine everywhere or 2) have a state-wide vote on the question.
In the end, consumers always prove they want rational convenience, even where alcohol is concerned.
Remarkably, there are still 11 states where wine may not be sold in grocery stores. These 11 include New York. There a coalition of retailers has beaten back commonsense attempts to change that law by claiming grocery store sales of wine will put them out of business. This despite the fact that laws proposing grocery store wine sales have also included proposals to allow the ownership of more than one liquor store…currently the law.
Every plea you see in any state to keep wine out of grocery store sales is a slap in the face to consumers and a protectionist bid. Nothing less, nothing more.