Archive for the ‘Shipping Wine’ Category

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…

Dec 14, 2015

A Christmas Wine Miracle

Four days ago something happened I never thought I’d see. A governor of a major state called on his state liquor authority to begin a process to devise rules for legal wine shipments from out-of-state retailers. But that’s not the exciting part. Let me back up. On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that passed overwhelmingly and with bi-partisan support in both the New York House and Senate. The bill would have prevented the New York Liquor Authority from…

Jul 23, 2015

The Truth About Wine Shipping is Simple

If you’ve ever wondered what the reason are that wholesalers across the country vehemently oppose the idea of allowing consumers to buy wine from out-of-state wine stores and have it shipped directly to them, all you have to do is look at the latest report by Wine Intelligence on online usage by wine buyers. For many years, wholesalers across the country, as well as some particularly anti-consumer and parochial wine stores have argued that it’s dangerous to allow retailer to…

Jun 18, 2015

Reason Over Emotion in the Wine Industry

The faster you learn to carefully pick your battles, the faster you will accomplish more, provide better service and live a happier life. This goes for the alcohol regulatory community. There’s a problem when lawmakers are forced to teach an alcohol regulatory body this fundamental lesson. And that’s exactly what has happened in New York. After passing through both the New York House and Senate, a bill that will rein in the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) and force…

Mar 10, 2015

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…