Archive for the ‘Shipping Wine’ Category

Apr 11, 2005

When Giants Fight

I tend to worry when to giants battle each other for the chance to be the savior of the little guy. That’s the spin that comes out of the Wholesaler and Big Retailer camps in a terrific Los Angeles Times article about the future of wholesaling and retailing wine. The article details the desire of retailing giant Costco to overturn law in Washington State that prohibits it from purchasing wine directly from the producers. Instead, it is forced to buy…

Apr 5, 2005

This Wine Law has a Short Shelf Life

Earlier this year when the U.S. Supreme Court heard their wine case, the issue concerned states in which local wineries could ship to state residents, but out of state wineries could not ship wine direct to those same state residents. It was a case about economic descrimination. Though the court has not come back with a decision, I have to wonder why Arkansas would allow it’s legislature to consider a new law allowing the very same kind of economic descrimination….

Mar 10, 2005

Maryland: The Next Great Grape State?

I think it is safe to say that too few wine lovers, and even fewer casual wine drinkers, ever venture outside their comfort zone in choosing what wine to drink. Why these "other states" wines rarely show up on our tables is pretty clear: There isn’t that much of them and they are rarely if ever exported out of their own state. Any effort to make these wines more accessible is a positive step in my book. It’s all too…

Mar 3, 2005

“That’s Not Wine Officer…It’s Flavored Water”

Florida is in the midst of trying to get a bill passed that allows direct shipping to the consumer. Gov. Bush is for it, but there is lots of opposition. One State Senator, Paula Dockery, is taking on the claim that direct shipping will lead to minors getting wine by mail. Her simple and elegant point is that the new law would require that packaging indicate that alcohol is inside and that an adult sign for the box. Makes sense….

Feb 15, 2005

What Would Bacchus Do?

Michael Stajer has an excellent rundown of a really crazy perspective on the Wine Shipping controversy. The source of the rather ludicrous assertions that Michael refers to come from one Reverend Mark Creech who claims, among other things:   "Jesus would have never approved the actions of a bunch of greedy Internet wine retailers who were determined to distribute "strong drink" at the expense of the nation’s children." I presume Reverend Creech would say that Jesus instead would have approved…