Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

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…

May 5, 2014

The Worst Alcohol-Related Ad in the History of the World

Recently the United States Supreme Court announced it would hear a case that challenges laws prohibiting lying in political advertisements. The word is that the Court is just dying to overturn such laws on first amendment grounds. If the Court does overturn these anti-lying laws, the good union folks at Pennsylvania’s United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 will breathe a sigh of relief. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 represent the state alcohol store workers in Pennsylvania…

Apr 24, 2014

Pulllng Back the Curtain: Booze Wholesalers Fear Competition

Competition. That’s the problem. I hope my regular readers will forgive me for so often returning to the issue of the Craft Beer Extortion Bill (SB 1714) now working its way through the Florida legislature. However, it is such a startlingly instructive example of how the expressions of fealty to the Three Tier System we hear from lawmakers and distributors is really nothing more than a mask for a cynical ploy maintain power at all costs. The issue begs to…