Archive for the ‘Three Tier System’ Category

Jul 24, 2017

How to Join Forces To Take on Wine & Spirit Distributors Southern-Glazers

The recent lawsuit against Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits filed this month in a California federal district court accuses the wine and spirits distribution giant of defrauding not just the plaintiff in the case, but retailers across the state and country. As I noted in a previous post, if even half the accusations in the suit are true you’ve got a degree of fraud and illegality that is shocking. Moreover, the complaints listed in the lawsuit include actions that retailers and…

Jul 11, 2017

Booze Wholesalers Cause Emergency in Nevada Pot Sales

Believe me when I tell you, I am very familiar with State of Emergencies. They are no fun. I got my BA at Humboldt State University and lived through the now legendary “Blight of ’86”. No one really knows what exactly happened to cause it. But we all lived through those harrowing days. All the local dealers had the same story: “Sorry, No dope.” Even Brent, the most famous dealer on campus was out…For weeks. Growers stayed in the hills….

Jul 6, 2017

Is the Southern-Glazers Wine Distributors Lawsuit Really A Surprise?

In a way, it’s shocking that a lawsuit and claims like this haven’t been filed before, given just Southern/Glazer’s target size. On the other hand, the claims of “unfair, unlawful, deceptive, and fraudulent business practices”, meticulously laid out in this class action suit against Southern/Glazers are shocking. Hell, if a quarter of them are borne out, it would be a shocking example of hubris, fraud, and corruption by the largest and most powerful entity in the American wine and spirits…

Jul 5, 2017

Wine Distributors Forced to Eat Their Own Excrement

Monarch Beverage Company, one of Indiana’s largest wine and beer distributors, lost its appeal in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. That court said the state could bar beer and wine distributors from also distributing spirits. Boo-Fucking-Hoo!!! Monarch thought it unfair and unconstitutional that the state barred it from selling something in the way it thought it should be able to sell it. The irony. I wonder what Indiana’s wineries are thinking upon hearing about this decision, particularly when they…

Jun 29, 2017

Two Critical Tools For Wine Writers and Bloggers

Wine writers and wine bloggers who aspire to both understand and report on the business of wine can’t ignore the politics of wine. Few other businesses are so significantly defined by and impacted by regulations, lobbying and politics. Will consumers have legal access to the products they want? That depends on politics. Will wineries be able to make use of new technologies to distribute their wines more widely? That depends on politics. Will independent and specialty wine retailers have the…