Archive for the ‘Shipping Wine’ Category

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…

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…