Smelly Fish in Wine Wholesaler Land
Competing wine shipping bills are set to be introduced into the Michigan legislature, the first battle ground in the post-Supreme Court Decision direct shipping controversy.
Wholesalers will seek to introduce a bill outlawing all shipping whether from Michigan wineries or out of state wineries. Michigan wineries are seeking support for a Bill that would allow direct shipment to consumers from in or out of state wineries.
The Michigan Governor has voiced support for a direct shipping bill allowing shipment to consumers. Meanwhile, Nida Samona, head of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, has said not a word since originally proclaiming on the day of the Supreme Court decision that Michigan needs to ban all shipping. Samona was likely reminded by her superiors that she is not a policy maker, but a policy enforcer. Someone told Nida to "Shut up".
Wholesalers seem to be making the claim that the Supreme Court decision demands that all wineries, in-state or out-of-state, would have the right to sell and ship wine not only to consumers but to retailers and restaurants as well if Michigan wineries remain able to do this. This is a privilege Michigan wineries have had for some time and would devistate them if taken away. Nothing in the Supreme Court decision and no interpretation of it by anyone unconcerned with the losing business has suggested this interpretation holds water. Yet it appears this will be the smelly fish wholesalers in Michigan try to sell to legislators as they discuss with them what kind of campaign donation they will be receiving this year.