Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

Oct 31, 2014

Wine Critics Keep Semantic Arguments at Bay—Not So for Beer and Spirits

The most consequential battles and issues for small, quality-oriented alcohol beverage producers are those having to do with the distribution and sales of their products. Whether the issue is self distribution for craft distillers, franchise laws for craft beer producers or direct shipping for smaller wineries, these are the consequential and important issues that will directly impact sales success. However, the most fascinating battles to watch are the “Word Wars”. The battle over word use and semantics that are primarily…

Oct 21, 2014

Frantic Parent Syndrome Highlighted in Wine TV Ads

It’s not often that voters here the words “wine” in those wonderful campaign ads that control the airwaves during election season. However, voters in Tennessee are getting a glass full in the run up to the November election. Having recently passed a law that (finally) allows Tennessee grocery stores to sell wine, the new wine-in-grocery-stores-law came with a caveat: local jurisdictions must first vote to approve the sale of wine in their grocery stores. So, Red White and Food —…

Oct 9, 2014

New York Liquor Authority Scandal Has Consequences for Wine Stores and Consumers

What happens when you combine self-serving legal theories  with delusions of grandeur? Beginning almost immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court warned states in 2005 that they may not interfere with interstate commerce by discriminating against in-state or out-of-state wine sellers, a move to exclude the primary American wine sellers (wine stores and wine retailers) from that foundational constitutional principle was set afoot. Wholesalers, producers, most competition-adverse wine retailers, alcohol regulators and the lawmakers that live and die by campaign contributions…

Sep 23, 2014

NY State’s Regulatory Overreach is Very Bad News for California Wineries

California Wineries beware: It is now the policy of New York that it can fine you if you ship to Texas or Oregon or Washington State without a permit to ship from that state. Sound ridiculous? It is. This new policy by the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) is without doubt one of the most egregious and blatant examples of regulatory overreach we’ve ever seen in the wine industry. Here’s how it works and here’s what you need to…

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…