Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

Aug 29, 2014

Abraham Lincoln Was Right About Wine Laws

A Pennsylvania lawyer was recently sentenced to probation and community service. His crime? Obtaining fine wine outside of the Pennsylvania state liquor store, then selling a portion to a small list of other wine loving individuals who, like the lawyer, were unable to obtain these wines locally. They were operating on the Black Market. In addition to the probation and community service, the lawyer also had his 2,400-bottle wine collection confiscated from his home. The wine is set to be…

Aug 28, 2014

Sexism, Wine and Politics

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett finds himself in hot water for what is being deemed a sexist statement about women and wine. In a recent interview in which the Governor was touting his attempt to privatize the Pennsylvania’s government-run alcohol sales system, allow private stores including grocery stores to sell wine and other alcohol rather than having to go to a state store, he said women would support his reforms because it would save them time preparing dinner: “I think a…

Jul 7, 2014

Who Owns The Reputation of a Wine Region?

Steve Heimoff recently wrote about the controversy over ICANN, one of the organizing bodies of the Internet, and their intent to issue a .Wine and .Vin web domain for use. These two new domain names will be issued along with hundreds of others such as .Art, .Blog, .Auto, etc. A number of countries as well as regional wine associations oppose the issuance of .Wine and .Vin. Recently a variety of regional wine associations including those representing wineries in Napa Valley,…

Jun 24, 2014

Deep In The Hearts of Texas Wine Retailers is Fear

I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you! Is it really possible that Texas wine retailers are attempting to kick out Total Wines & More from operating in their state by attempting to re-open a two decade old lawsuit that ended by the courts telling that state that its requirement that liquor stores be owned only by residence is unconstitutional? This would amount to Texas wine retailers, operating under the auspices of the Texas Package Store Association, attempting to protect themselves from…

Jun 4, 2014

Booze & Politics Mix Just Fine

South Carolina recently became the last state to repeal its ban on alcohol service on statewide election days. I wonder if allowing drinking in North Carolina now before and after elections will change the character of elections and electoral politics in that state…..? No, I don’t wonder. It will have no impact whatsoever because. like most blue laws that are still in place today, it serves no purpose to begin with. Originally bans on drink service on election days were…