Archive for the ‘Three Tier System’ Category

Aug 3, 2020

Imagine if Selling Shoes Was as Absurd as Selling Wine

I recently had the opportunity to provide one half of dueling opinion pieces in the Columbus Dispatch. The issue was, “Should Ohio Restrict Online Sales of Spirits and Wine”. The reason for the dueling op-eds was as a response to the Ohio Attorney General’s claim that out-of-state wine retailers illegally shipped into the state and his filing for an injunction against those retailers in Federal Court. My Op-Ed is here. The gentlemen providing all the reasons why Ohio consumers should…

Jul 19, 2020

Rocket Science and the Restaurant Wine Sales Crisis

While presenting at the Sonoma State University Wine Business Institute Research Summit on July 15 , Stephen Rannekleiv of Rabo Agribusiness delivered the bad news: There should be no expectation that the white table cloth restaurant industry will recover fully recover even by the end of 2022 — two and a half years from now. This doesn’t bode well for fine wine producers and begs them to determine what they can do to overcome what will be a significant deficit in…

Jul 13, 2020

Wine Consumers Get The Boot Again….Shocking!

You’ll never believe this, but it turns out that folks in Ohio actively seek out online wine retailers in order to buy wine. I know….Who would have thunk it? But it turns out Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost doesn’t like this. In fact, given the demands of the current pandemic, riots, rising crime rates, and more, Attorney General Yost thinks his valuable time is filing a federal suit against a handful of out-of-state retailers who have responded to Ohioans who…

Jun 16, 2020

What Wine Do You Pair With Word Salad?

I assume everyone has read the important new “Essay” produced by the Center for Alcohol Policy entitled “Crisis De-regulations: Should They Stay or Should They Go?” .…LOL….Sorry. That was a joke. Of course you haven’t read it. No one reads the reports produced by this wholesaler funded organization. Why? Because they are a collection of amateurishly researched and written word salads meant to sound authoritative but are really produced to exclusively benefit the bottom line of wholesalers at the expense…

Jun 1, 2020

The FERMENTATION Interview With a Booze Wholesaler

The other day the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, the national trade association for the alcohol wholesale tier in the U.S., released a statement from their CEO, Michelle Korsmo in response to an opinion piece in USA Today that suggested maybe now is the time to consider changing an alcohol distribution system that is old and sclerotic. The statement was, well, pretty much the same statement the WSWA has been putting out now for 30 years. Still, having read…