Wine and Tom Wark’s Failure at Predicting Elections
Yesterday in Tennessee 78 different counties and municipalities voted to determine if wine should be sold in the same stores where food is sold. The proposal to put wine in grocery stores won in all 78 counties.
I have to admit that I was wrong about this move to use the ballot box to finally put wine in grocery stores in Tennessee. I predicted that 80% of these wine-in-grocery-store ballot questions would succeed. It turned out to be 100%.
Here then is what we can say. At least in Tennessee, somewhere near the buckle (or at least the first hole) in the Bible Belt, consumers overwhelmingly believe the convenience of being able to buy wine when they buy pork, cheese and potatoes is more important than the possibility that minors will turn into raging alcoholics at the sight of wine on grocery store shelves.
One wonders if the pro-grocery store wine contingent in the great state of New York will look at this outcome and ask themselves, ought we give the ballot box a try. For years now, consumers wanting to buy wine in grocery stores in New York and the grocery stores that want to sell it to them have been thwarted by a contingent of liquor store owners who oppose this convenience.
Here’s the bad news, however, for Tennessee. Despite the overwhelming vote in favor of wine in grocery stores, the bottles actually won’t show up on the shelves until July 2016 at the earliest.
Still…Well Done Tennessee!!