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Jun 12, 2015

Promoting a Misunderstanding of America’s Wine Consumers

The Center for Alcohol Policy, a creation of the National Beer Wholesalers Association that works on behalf of beer wholesalers and has the interests of no one but beer wholesalers in mind, has funded the release of a new little book for state alcohol regulators: “Alcohol Beverage Control: The Basics for New State Alcohol Regulators.” The description of the new book delivers an assertion that is not only incorrect, but in fact if believed and if pursued as the truth or…

Jun 2, 2015

Illinois Wine Distributors Want to Throw Wine Retailers in Jail

On February 18, in front of the Chairman and Commissioners of  Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC), as well as in front of the ILCC’s Acting Director, attorney Sam Vinson representing the Wine & Spirit Distributors of Illinois testified that “incarceration of one or two illegal (wine) shippers would send a strong message to other shippers that Illinois is serious about stopping illegal shipments.” Yes, a wholesaler attorney wants to see out-of-state wine shippers (wineries, retailers and consumes who ship to themselves)…

Mar 11, 2015

Behold—The Whiny Call of the Wine Wholesaler

whining (verb) 1. give or make a long, high-pitched complaining cry or sound. 2. To complain or protest in a childish or annoying fashion The Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America (WSWA), that national organization representing the best box carriers in the country, never gets any media coverage for its press releases. You might think that’s odd given this organization’s political clout and multi-million dollar annual budgets. But if you want to understand why this is the case all you…

Jan 19, 2015

The Old School Wine Critic Is As Important as Ever

The last few years has seen a great deal of talk about the demise of the traditional or “Old School” wine critics, their power and their relevance. Those offering this view mean the Wine Spectator, Robert Parker, The Wine Enthusiast Magazine, etc. The observation is usually coupled with reference to the power of peer reviews, blogs and social media. I have a story to tell. Friends of mine have been making Cabernet from Napa Valley grapes for about six or…

Jan 18, 2015

Wine & Spirit Wizards of America

Say what you will about wine and spirit wholesalers, but you now can’t deny their magical powers to divine guilt and innocence. In fact, with their special and wizardly abilities to determine who is guilty and who is not, it’s downright difficult to understand why we even keep and pay for a functioning judicial system. Just ask the wholesalers if they are guilty. These magical powers of the wine and spirit wholesaler were on display recently in an article in…