Archive for the ‘Shipping Wine’ Category

Dec 2, 2020

When the Fox Addressed the Hens (the wine version)

“The dedicated team will be responsible for providing operational excellence, programming and promotions, digital content, category insights and performance management in the eCommerce area, across channels, as well as with online retailers and beverage alcohol delivery platforms.” Yeah….I don’t know what that means either. However, you have to be impressed with the Southern-Glazers PR team’s ability to shove maximum jargon into a single sentence. But that’s not what I found interesting. Southern-Glazer’s is touting “the launch of a new “Business-to-Customer…

Oct 29, 2020

Wine Shippers Are Duping “Unsuspecting Consumers”

Any list of experts on the claims made by American wine wholesalers over the past 20 years concerning wine shipping would have to include me near the top of that list. So, make of it what you will when I tell you that the anti-wine shipping middlemen wholesalers have come up with a brand new claim about the problems with interstate wine shipments. In a press release congratulating themselves on some lobbying they did 20 years ago, the Wine &…

Oct 11, 2020

Wine Wholesalers and Lawmakers Are Playing Chicken With Amazon

I watched a committee hearing last week that heard testimony concerning the proposal in New Jersey to lift the production cap that currently prohibits large, out-of-state wineries from shipping wine to New Jersey consumers. It isn’t likely to pass this year, but it eventually will. In the course of the hearing, various folks giving testimony assured members of the committee that, “no!”, this bill would not allow out-of-state retailers to ship wine into New Jersey. That soothed the concerns of…

Sep 28, 2020

Alcohol’s Three-Tier System Is Losing Its Power to Impress Judges

It was really an unusual takedown of an attorney by a judge. It was something you don’t see (or hear) very often. And it indicates what may be a significant change in the way the “three-tier” system is understood by members of the judicial branch. The incident I want to draw readers’ attention to occurred during oral arguments at the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals last Thursday in the case of Sarasota Wine v Schmidt. This case challenges Missouri’s law…

Sep 19, 2020

Recalling Justice Ginsburg as a Champion of the Wine Industry

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not be remembered or revered for her 21st Amendment or Commerce Clause jurisprudence. Nevertheless, it’s true that Justice Ginsburg provided reliable support for the view that the 21st Amendment to the Constitution (ending Prohibition) does not give the states unlimited power to regulate alcohol sales and distribution in their jurisdictions. Rather, Justice Ginsburg embraced an interpretation of the Constitution that has led to a radical re-imagining of the role of state regulation of alcohol. In…