Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

Jan 13, 2016

How to Think About the Southern/Glazers Wine Wholesaler Merger

Blake Gray looks at the Federal Trade Commissions recently approved merger of Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazers and is exactly correct in his conclusions: The merger this week of Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazer has created a 41-state behemoth with exclusive rights to many essential brands and  the market power to muscle out smaller competitors. This is normally the type of company that the U.S. tries to break up to protect consumers, but alcohol is a special case,…

Jan 11, 2016

To Napa’s Wine Critics: Shame On You!

Ever the observant reporter, Blake Gray has written at Wine Searcher about the move afoot among some in Napa Valley to punish the wine industry for its success; to attempt to roll back the current impact that visitors to Napa are having on the quality of life for locals. Blake’s article deals primarily with recommendations of a special “growth” commission and whether any of its recommendations limiting winery growth ought to apply retroactively to wineries with existing privileges based on…

Dec 14, 2015

A Christmas Wine Miracle

Four days ago something happened I never thought I’d see. A governor of a major state called on his state liquor authority to begin a process to devise rules for legal wine shipments from out-of-state retailers. But that’s not the exciting part. Let me back up. On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that passed overwhelmingly and with bi-partisan support in both the New York House and Senate. The bill would have prevented the New York Liquor Authority from…

Dec 9, 2015

The New BOOZE RULES Is Required Reading

Very quietly, and through a series of important posts, the Hinman & Carmichael “Booze Rules” blog has become one of the most important sources of information concerning liquor law anywhere on the Internet. A recent Booze Rules post by John Hinman and John Edwards demonstrates this. Somewhat directly entitled “ABC DISMISSES SAVE MART GRAPE ESCAPE ACCUSATION BUT REFUSES TO ADOPT JUDGE’S DECISION FINDING NO STRICT LIABILITY FOR ABC VIOLATIONS”, the new Booze Rules post demonstrates how the California Alcohol Beverage…

Dec 2, 2015

The Top Wine Stories of 2015

It has been an interesting year in wine. No single story dominated the wine news. There was no economic disaster. There was nothing that had an overwhelming impact on the wine world. Still, a diverse set of very interesting stories emerged from the U.S. wine world. Below are those stories from 2015 I thought most important, particularly for members of the wine trade. They are in no particular order. However, I can say that the story listed as #1 will…