Archive for the ‘Shipping Wine’ Category

May 3, 2005

Cynicism, Money, Wine and no Conscience

This is a very long post about cynicism, money and a pure lack of conscience. Below is a list of expenditures made by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association made during the 2004 election cycle, sorted by size of the expenditure. This is the organization that represents the wholesalers whose most important mission over the past decade has been to prevent wine lovers from being able to buy wine direct from retailers or wineries. There is no descrimination in who…

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….