Hey Wine Industry—Let’s Try to Dial It Back a Few Notches

Hey Wine Industry—Let's Try to Dial It Back a Few Notches

Maybe you have noticed. It’s getting a little tense out there. Say what you will about the wine industry. It’s elitist! It’s systemically racist. It’s behind the curve technologically. It is regulated through archaic laws. One thing you must also say about the wine industry is that it is extraordinarily congenial. Yet this congeniality specific to wine, be it due to the nature of the product or to the folks it attracts to the industry, is being stressed and stretched,…

Sep 19, 2020

Recalling Justice Ginsburg as a Champion of the Wine Industry

Recalling Justice Ginsburg as a Champion of the Wine Industry

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be remembered or revered for her 21st Amendment or Commerce Clause jurisprudence. Nevertheless, it’s true that Justice Ginsburg provided reliable support for the view that the 21st Amendment to the Constitution (ending Prohibition) does not give the states unlimited power to regulate alcohol sales and distribution in their jurisdictions. Rather, Justice Ginsburg embraced an interpretation of the Constitution that has led to a radical re-imagining of the role of state regulation of alcohol. In…

Sep 10, 2020

President Trump Provides a Learning Moment For the Alcohol Beverage Industry

President Trump Provides a Learning Moment For the Alcohol Beverage Industry

Duplicity. Hypocrisy. Lying. These are things of which every company, and certainly every beverage company, ought to try to avoid being accused. The recent revelation that President Donald Trump told a reporter one thing about the COVID-19 threat to Americans and told the public another thing about the potential impact of COVID19 on Americans brings to light the importance of consistency in messaging that every beverage company ought to keep in mind. Today, wineries, brewers, distillers, retailers, importers and wholesalers…

Sep 8, 2020

The Coming Fight Over Ingredient Labeling On Wine

The Coming Fight Over Ingredient Labeling On Wine

There appears to be a growing acceptance within the wine industry that not only ought wineries in the United States include ingredients on their labels, but that consumers are demanding it or will demand it. This idea is on the verge of becoming accepted wisdom. But is it true? And is it necessary? A recent survey by the Wine Market Council found that consumers generally do not place much value on ingredient labeling or nutritional labeling on wine bottles when…

Sep 7, 2020

COVID-Driven Online Wine Sales Are Here To Stay Post Pandemic

COVID-Driven Online Wine Sales Are Here To Stay Post Pandemic

We all know that during this pandemic, as wineries, bars and restaurants were shuttered, we saw a significant increase in online sales of wine, delivery of wine and direct shipment of wine. However, the question that has been nagging at me has been, once this pandemic is over what percentage of those who have increased their online purchases of wine and delivery/shipment of wine will stick with their increased devotion to purchasing wine in this manner? Will folks put down…