Archive for the ‘Shipping Wine’ Category

Feb 10, 2021

Exclusive: The Original Letter To Congress From Big Alcohol

Recently a coalition of wholesalers, giant alcohol producers, and some retailers released a letter to all members of Congress opposing the congressional proposal to allow the United States Postal Service to deliver alcohol to consumers. They warned it is not safe, that USPS delivery of alcohol undermines states’ rights to regulate alcohol and jeopardizes the collection of state alcohol and sales tax. The three-page letter was delivered to all members of Congress in an attempt to generate opposition to H.R….

Jan 26, 2021

The Hidden Factor That Will Further Boost Winery DtC Shipments

Winery shipments to consumers skyrocketed during 2020 and the pandemic according to the New 2021 SOVOS-Wines Vines Analytics DtC Shipping Report. This should not surprise anyone, nor should the disclosure that that average price per bottle shipped dipped considerably during 2020 as new DtC shipment recipients stocked up on less expensive wines than the channel normally trades in. But the really interesting question now, which can’t be answered with great precision but will eventually be answered, is to what degree…

Jan 12, 2021

The Glory of Mississippi Direct Wine Shipping

Last year the state of Mississippi passed a direct wine shipping bill that required all winery shipments to consumers to be sent not to their homes but to Mississippi package stores. Recently the head of the Mississippi Independent Package Store Association, Tasho Katsaboulas, sent a message to MS package stores explaining how this direct shipping system will work. I invite you to read the explanation below and behold the mighty wisdom of the state of Mississippi. (all highlighting is mine):…

Dec 22, 2020

Wine and 2021 — Predictions

The point of identifying trends is to help hedge one’s future risk. If we can predict what will come we are more likely to flourish where there is a real risk of being overrun by events. As I have for many years, here I look ahead a year to two out and attempt to articulate how current trends will impact the wine industry. In some respects, this year’s foray into predicting the future is easier than in past years. For…

Dec 17, 2020

Kentucky’s Unconstitutional Alcohol Shipping Law Debuts

If there is a community of people who desperately need access to wine, beer and spirit shipments from out-of-state it’s the poor, deprived residents of the state of Kentucky. Consider this, in the past 36 months, the state of Kentucky has approved 45,877 wine, beer and spirit products for sale in the state. Meanwhile, in that same period, the Federal Government has approved over HALF A MILLION products for sale in the U.S. Yes, that’s less than 9% of the…