Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

Nov 7, 2016

Alcohol and Liberty

In a fascinating chart highlighted at Wine Industry Insight and written about at the Washington Post, we learn that access to alcohol due to turning 21 years old absolutely results in increased crime. It’s not something you might think about, but when you see the data in a graphic you realized, “of course it does.” The question is: Is there anything we can or should do to eliminate the crime that results from people turning 21 and having legal access…

Nov 1, 2016

Here Comes the Petaluma Gap AVA

I can make a pretty compelling case that within the latitudinal bands where wine grapes flourish on this planet, it is almost always the grape variety used to produce the wine that is more important to the ultimate character of the wine than the place or region where it is grown. This shouldn’t be controversial. However, when particular wine growing regions within these latitudinal bands demonstrate unquestionably unique climatic and/or geographical characteristics that have a real and positive impact on…

Oct 24, 2016

Michigan Politicians and Wine: Will They Never Learn?

The Wine Spectator’s Ben O’Donnell covers the legislative goings-on in Michigan whereby the state’s Senate thinks it a brilliant idea to pass a law previously ruled unconstitutional in the state. On Sept. 20, state Sen. Peter MacGregor introduced Senate Bill 1088…the bill would amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow a [Michigan] retailer…to use a common carrier, such as FedEx or UPS, to sell and deliver wine to a consumer in the state. But the bill deletes references to…

Sep 7, 2016

A Satisfying Documentation of Wine Fraud

I think the success of “Sour Grapes” has a great deal to do with our innate desire to see the rich and famous taken down a notch. And that’s exactly what happened to many a rich and many a famous person who were exposed to the Rudy Kurniawan, the greatest of all wine fraudsters. Opening on September 16 and produced by film documentarians Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas, Sour Grapes documents the rise and fall of Rudi Kurniawan, a wine…

Aug 15, 2016

The Billion Dollar Wine Boondoggle

We know that wineries in the United States ship upwards of $2 billion in wine directly to consumers across the country. What we don’t know is the value of wine shipped directly to consumers from wine retailers. Yet, we can say with great confidence that the concerted effort by wine distributors, wineries and some retailers to stamp out interstate commerce in wine by retailers has cost the wine industry in America billions of dollars. Today only 14 states explicitly allow…