Michigan Wine Lovers Seek Choice…Oh, The Humanity!
Why do so many Michigan wine lovers choose to buy wine from out-of-state retailers rather than buy their wine from Michigan’s own retailers?
This really should be the question that emerges from the hyperbolic, breathless headline issued by the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association noting that “More than 480,000 Bottles of Wine Shipped Illegally into Michigan During Second, Third Quarters of 2019”.
The Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association have been issuing these sorts of press releases for a couple years now. This year, the release includes this very, very important insight:
“For years, we’ve heard anecdotal evidence that cases upon cases of wine were illegally shipped into Michigan every month, but we had no idea it was this rampant,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. “Every time an unlicensed, out-of-state retailer illegally ships alcohol into Michigan, they rob our state of much-needed tax revenue and thumb their nose at the mom and pop retailers playing by the rules and supporting our local communities.”
Well, I, I, I declare! Good God. Heavens to Betsy. Nose thumbing, in fact.
The fact is, the Michigan middlemen bury the lead. The real headline ought to be: “Michigan Wine Loves Forced To Look Out of State for Good Selection of Wine”. But as you might imagine, the heavy-breathing Michigan wholesalers didn’t quite see it this way.
Importantly, it’s not the fault of Michigan retailers that so many of their potential customers choose out-of-state retailers as their source for wine. The fault lies with the Michigan wine wholesalers who can’t seem to provide Michigan retailers with inventory choices that ultimately satisfy Michigan consumers. It’s not incompetence on the part of the Michigan wine wholesalers as much as it is……Well, who is kidding who…yes, it is incompetence, isn’t it.