Archive for the ‘Shipping Wine’ Category

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…

Mar 24, 2016

Wine Wars 6.2.4

The direct shipment of wine is not the battlefield it was back in 2005-2010. However, a few recent actions remind us that alcohol regulations and laws remain one of the primary vehicles through which rent-seeking, protectionist laws and political payback is accomplished. LOUISIANA PUNISHES WINERIES TO SAVE WHOLESALERS As reported by ShipCompliant on their outstanding blog, The state of Louisiana recently declared that while direct shipping is permitted by out-of-state wineries, if awinery has a contract with any wholesaler it…

Mar 21, 2016

It’s Just Not True—Five Wine Myths

Very recently I’ve bumped up against a variety of statements and opinions that are presented as facts. Most have been circulating for some time and have recently raised their ugly head in one form or another. Others are relatively recently developed ideas. In every case, these statements and opinions are myths Consolidation is Putting the Wine Industry in Corporate Hands This is a huge myth that somehow keeps spreading and is almost always discussed whenever a winery of note changes…

Feb 11, 2016

Some Wine Consumers Will Get It, Some Won’t

Arizona and Delaware both have bills on the table that will open up direct to consumer shipments in those states. Neither of the bills in those states would allow out-of-state wine stores and retailers to ship wine direct to consumers. Michigan, Iowa and Rhode Island all have bills on the table that would allow consumers in those states to have wine shipped to them from out-of-state wine retailers and wine stores. The difference between these two sets of states is…