Manischewitz Raises Its Head in NJ Wine Shipping Debate
An article in the New Jersey Jewish News highlights why Retailer-To-Consumer shipping is every bit as important to consumer wine access as is Winery-To-Consumer shipping.
The New Jersey Legislature is currently considering legislation that would allow in-state and out-of-state wineries as well as out-of-state retailers to ship wine into the Garden State. Among the arguments being made on behalf of the legislation is that it's difficult for Jews to get their hands on kosher wines other than Manischewitz and direct shipping will give those who restrict themselves to a Kosher diet access to many of the outstanding, but hard to find, Kosher wines made in the United States.
However, Kosher wines are produced around the world. Retailers in different parts of the country carry different selections of these wines. By allowing direct shipment by retailers, as well as wineries, the entire American marketplace of Kosher wines is open to residents of New Jersey.
There are a number of retailers of Kosher wines that New Jersey residents would have access to were they to obtain the right to buy wine from out of state vendors
Of course, this access to the marketplace doesn't sit well with wholesalers who are bypassed when consumers actually want to find the wines they want, rather than just Manischewitz.:
"the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America say they have another concern.
a provision in the bill that would require people over 21 to sign for
any alcohol deliveries, Nancy White, a spokeswoman for the trade
association, said the proposed law could make it easier for teenagers
“It’s not just about kids buying wine on the Internet,” she told the Courier-Post. “It’s about kids picking up the box of wine from the front porch.”
Who stores their wine on the front porch?