Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

May 28, 2015

There is No “Conservative” and no “Liberal” in Wine Politics

One of the most notable aspects of the various wine and alcohol-related political battles is that they rarely breakdown on partisan (Right versus Left) lines. There is no Republican view of alcohol regulation. There is no Democratic view of alcohol regulations. I was reminded of this upon reading, “Free America’s Beverage Markets” by Kevin Kosar, a Senior Fellow at the Right leaning R Street Institute. In this piece, Kosar takes to task the states’ various absurd, archaic and mostly anti-consumer…

May 27, 2015

Regulatory Overreach in Wine is Losing

Meanwhile, in the land of the rational and inevitable: 1. New York State Liquor Authority attempts to destroy NY retailer for shipping wine to consumers in states where it is allegedly against the law to ship, despite there being no NY law that prohibits these shipments. 2. NY Retailer at disciplinary hearing wants to question State Liquor Authority personnel as part of their defense. 3. State Liquor Authority says “no”, you can’t call such witnesses. 4. NY retailers says, “Oh,…

Apr 23, 2015

Locating the Moral High Ground in the Wine Industry

There must be word or phrase for that rare occurrence when a business or organization’s financial interests are always located at the summit of the moral high ground. If there is no word or phrase for this phenomenon, there ought to be — how else to talk about and understand the role of the wine wholesaler. This rare confluence of morals and financial interest were on display at the recently completed Annual Convention of the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association…

Mar 25, 2015

Killing the Last Vestige of the 3 Tier System in California

“Wholesale industry officials did not comment for this story prior to deadline, despite repeated attempts,” wrote Santa Rosa Press Democrat business reporter Bill Swindell. And it was a simple question he had for them too: Do you support California Assembly Bill 1233 that would allow distilleries in the state to sell direct to the consumer from their distillery premises? This shouldn’t sound like a novel concept. Both wineries and breweries and cideries are able to legally offer samples to consumers…

Mar 10, 2015

NY Liquor Regulators Slapped Down For Shady Enforcement Tactic

New York State Representative Phil Steck of Schnectady has introduced a bill in Albany that the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) and its allies in the wholesaler community aren’t going to like. If passed into law, his bill would prohibit the NYSLA from trying to destroy a local wine retailer and put all its employees out on the street. Rep. Steck’s proposed bill, A5920, would prohibit the NYSLA from penalizing a NY state alcohol licensee for allegedly violating another…