Archive for the ‘Shipping Wine’ Category

Oct 24, 2016

Michigan Politicians and Wine: Will They Never Learn?

The Wine Spectator’s Ben O’Donnell covers the legislative goings-on in Michigan whereby the state’s Senate thinks it a brilliant idea to pass a law previously ruled unconstitutional in the state. On Sept. 20, state Sen. Peter MacGregor introduced Senate Bill 1088…the bill would amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow a [Michigan] retailer…to use a common carrier, such as FedEx or UPS, to sell and deliver wine to a consumer in the state. But the bill deletes references to…

Aug 19, 2016

Temperature Control Impacting Wine Shipments

Wineries and consumers are starting to see the impact of affordable temperature controlled shipment of wine. Wines and Vines Magazine this week reported that in July the value of direct-to-consumer wine shipments increased to $82 million, a 23% bump over July 2015 . This is the largest increase for July in four years. Undoubtedly a lot of this increase has to do with wineries’ new willingness to ship wine in July using services such as Fed Ex’s Coldchain. One long-term…

Aug 15, 2016

The Billion Dollar Wine Boondoggle

We know that wineries in the United States ship upwards of $2 billion in wine directly to consumers across the country. What we don’t know is the value of wine shipped directly to consumers from wine retailers. Yet, we can say with great confidence that the concerted effort by wine distributors, wineries and some retailers to stamp out interstate commerce in wine by retailers has cost the wine industry in America billions of dollars. Today only 14 states explicitly allow…

Jul 21, 2016

Drizly: Working to Restrict Your Access to Wine

In an interesting interview with Spirits Business published yesterday the CEO of Drizly—the delivery service for booze—predicted that online sales of alcohol could reach between $7-$15 billion over the next few years. Drizly CEO Nick Rellas heads a business that allows consumers to order alcohol from local your retail outlets, then delivers the stuff to your door. What he did not say in the interview however is this: Mr. Rellas believes his customers ought to be banned from ordering and…

Apr 4, 2016

Arizona Bans Direct Shipment of French Wines

Just so it’s clear… Arizona recently passed a wine shipping bill that bans the shipment of all French wines to consumers in that state. Additionally, the new bill bans the shipment of Italian, German and Spanish wines to consumers in that state. Collectors will also be interested to know that the recently passed bill, SB 1381, will ban the shipment of any wine purchased at auction from New York, Illinois or California auction houses. Free the Grapes, The California Wine…