Good Wine New, Bad Wine News and Male Hair Buns
The good news is that Kentucky wine lovers may be on their way to getting their hands on the good stuff. The Kentucky Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee yesterday approved a bill that would allow shipments to Kentucky from out of state wineries. This is legislation that the Wine Institute and Free the Grapes has been working on for a long time. Kentucky is one of only five states that still does not allow wine shipments from out-of-state wineries. Unfortunately, the bill doesn’t allow Kentucky consumers to receive any shipments of imported wines since it doesn’t include shipping privileges from out-of-state retailers. But all in good time. I don’t want to jinx anything, but chances of passage look good.
More good news: The first release of the Oregon Solidarity Wines will come in March and feature a 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir. You may recall that when California’s Copper Cane Winery rejected Rogue Valley grapes back in September claiming smoke taint, a collection of Oregon wineries stepped up to buy the grapes and make wine from them. Magnanimous and Generous and Oregonian, it was. Oregon Governor Kate Brown released a statement on Monday saying, “The Oregon Solidarity wines exemplify the Oregonian spirit, bringing forth our best values by helping others during their time of need.” Indeed.
Finally, the bad news. At the urging of the state’s wholesalers, New Mexico lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would forbid New Mexico wine consumers from having wine shipped to them from out-of-state wine retailers, a privilege consumers in the state have enjoyed for many years. The reciprocal shipping law for retailers in New Mexico. Is being described as “bootlegging”. But of course, it isn’t. Back in 2011 when the state changed its laws for winery shipping to a permit system it specifically chose to leave retailer shipping as a reciprocal system. Any New Mexican wine lovers who would like to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee where to stick SB 127 can do so here.
One of these days I’m going to report nothing but a series of good news on this blog. That said, two out of three ain’t bad. I wrote this today while my wife, Kathy Berez, was attending the first day of the Oregon Wine Symposium. She had good news to report also. Not only is the Symposium very well attended and sporting lots of great info and exhibitors, but she also reported that the trend among Oregon men to wear their hair in buns is still going strong.