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Dec 8, 2004

An Open Letter to the Wholesalers’ Flack

AN OPEN LETTER TO KAREN GERVOIS, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS FOR THE WINE & SPIRIT WHOLESALERS ASSOCIATION (WSWA). MS. GERVOIS IS AN AMAZINGLY ACCOMPLISHED COMMUNICATOR HAVING WORKED IN JOURNALISM, AS A REPORTER FOR THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHER HOUR, AS THE PRESS SECRETARY FOR SENATOR CHUCK ROBB (D-VA) AND DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY FOR SENATOR JOHN BEAUX (D-LA) AND AS A MANAGER AT Burson-Marsteller. SHE HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE SINCE 2001 FOR OVERSEEING THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR…

Dec 7, 2004

Supreme Court, Wine, Direct Shipping-3

Dahlia Withlick has written a wonderful summation of the arguments in today’s Supreme Court case on Direct Shipping for Slate: In Vino Gravitas. Read it. Based on her blow by blow reporting of the various arguments made today, it appears to me that things went exactly as I thought they would. The Justices were overwhelmingly skeptical of the State’s argument that the only way they could protect minors, recover taxes and regulate the flow of alcohol is to erect these…

Dec 7, 2004

Supreme Court, Wine, Direct Shipping-2

Well, the Great Wine Case has been argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. I’ve been waiting for this day for many years. It’s frustrating because it is very difficult at this hour to get much information on how the arguments went and what the reaction of the justices were. However, some reports have been filed. To this point we can report the following: -Clint bloc’s, an attorney from D.C representing those challenging the laws made the case that the laws…

Dec 6, 2004

Supreme Court, Wine, and the Future of Direct Shipping

Tomorrow is the day many of us who champion the cause of small, quality-minded winemakers have been waiting nearly a decade for: The Supreme Court of the United States will weigh in on the issue of direct shipping. My reading of the issues at hand convinces me that those state statutes under consideration that allow in-state wineries to ship direct but prohibit out of state wineries to do so will be struck down as unconstitutional. However, this ruling will not…