Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

Sep 7, 2016

A Satisfying Documentation of Wine Fraud

I think the success of “Sour Grapes” has a great deal to do with our innate desire to see the rich and famous taken down a notch. And that’s exactly what happened to many a rich and many a famous person who were exposed to the Rudy Kurniawan, the greatest of all wine fraudsters. Opening on September 16 and produced by film documentarians Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas, Sour Grapes documents the rise and fall of Rudi Kurniawan, a wine…

Aug 15, 2016

The Billion Dollar Wine Boondoggle

We know that wineries in the United States ship upwards of $2 billion in wine directly to consumers across the country. What we don’t know is the value of wine shipped directly to consumers from wine retailers. Yet, we can say with great confidence that the concerted effort by wine distributors, wineries and some retailers to stamp out interstate commerce in wine by retailers has cost the wine industry in America billions of dollars. Today only 14 states explicitly allow…

Aug 11, 2016

You Can’t See The Problems if You Don’t Look Up

It’s a near perfect exposition of what 80 years of ignoring the obvious leads to. Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered a review of Iowa’s alcohol laws, which many have complained are outdated and overly cumbersome. Branstad has tasked Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Administrator Stephen Larson and Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham to lead a working group and make recommendations by January 2017. They will work with representatives from throughout the industry, including wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers, prevention specialists and regulators. “Iowa laws regulating…

Aug 1, 2016

Open Letter to the Marijuana Industry from the Wine Industry: BEWARE THE WHOLESALER!

DEAR MARIJUANA INDUSTRY: Whatever you do, don’t allow America’s alcohol wholesalers anywhere near your growing and soon-to-be-legal industry. As someone who has worked in the wine industry for over a quarter of a century, I can tell you with some assurance that the middlemen wholesalers who are today actively attempting to squirm their way between Marijuana growers and Marijuana retailers do not have your burgeoning industry’s interests at heart. Nor do they have any concern for the interests of marijuana…

Jul 21, 2016

Drizly: Working to Restrict Your Access to Wine

In an interesting interview with Spirits Business published yesterday the CEO of Drizly—the delivery service for booze—predicted that online sales of alcohol could reach between $7-$15 billion over the next few years. Drizly CEO Nick Rellas heads a business that allows consumers to order alcohol from local your retail outlets, then delivers the stuff to your door. What he did not say in the interview however is this: Mr. Rellas believes his customers ought to be banned from ordering and…