Fighting Corruption in Wine Via the Media
The astounding degree to which Virginia wineries have been screwed seems to be a reoccurring story in Virginia’s papers. Perhaps the Virginia wine industry is working hard to get their story into the media.
Perhaps the insanity of the new law that forced them to sell their wines only to distributors rather than directly to retailers and restaurants as they previously is soaking in among a media that likes to look after their own. Either way, it is becoming clear that this new law, passed so that wholesalers don’t have to work very hard and are made safe from competition, appears to be be getting media coverage…and that’s a good thing.
Next year we are likely to see a number of court decisions that affect the ability of local wineries to ship directly to consumers as well as the ability of wineries to sell directly to retailers in their own state.
I hope we will also see places like Virginia reconsider laws that that have been passed that really do nothing but preserve the wholesaler monopoly by preventing wineries from selling direct to both the trade and consumers.