Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

Jun 10, 2015

A Thermidorian Reaction to a Fanatical French Wine Law?

Reacquainting myself of late with the history of the French Revolution, I’m reminded of that kind of gruesome immorality that can foisted upon a people when fanatics are given free rein. Maximilien Robespierre, the ultimate fanatic with a goal of creating a “virtuous society,  was an object lesson in what fanaticism leads to. The number of heads that fell during his Reign of Terror trying to create this virtuous society turned streets red. Always being opposed to fanatics of nearly any…

Jun 2, 2015

Illinois Wine Distributors Want to Throw Wine Retailers in Jail

On February 18, in front of the Chairman and Commissioners of  Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC), as well as in front of the ILCC’s Acting Director, attorney Sam Vinson representing the Wine & Spirit Distributors of Illinois testified that “incarceration of one or two illegal (wine) shippers would send a strong message to other shippers that Illinois is serious about stopping illegal shipments.” Yes, a wholesaler attorney wants to see out-of-state wine shippers (wineries, retailers and consumes who ship to themselves)…

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…