Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

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…

Mar 5, 2015

Booze Wholesalers and The Stupidity of My Species

“UNDER SIEGE: DON’T LET A GOOD SYSTEM SINK” No, really, let’s let that system sink…all the way to the bottom of the archaic well from which it first emerged. That system in question is the “Three Tier System” and as you might imagine it’s wholesalers/distributors who are pleading for its continuation. In the case of the headline above, the plea comes from the NBWA: National Boxcarriers and Whiners of America….Wait…I got that wrong. I meant the National Beer Wholesalers of…

Jan 2, 2015

Something Sneaky Happened On the Way to Direct Wine Shipping in Massachusetts

Something interesting happened on the way to direct shipping in Massachusetts. And no one knows who is responsible for it…..Riiiiiiight!!! Here’s what happened. The new direct shipping law in Massachusetts that lets consumers have American (but not French, Italian or any other foreign wines) shipped to them from out-of-state was put into the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which passed. Shipping (from wineries, not retailers) will commence in early 2015. However, somehow the budget bill that also held the direct shipping…