Archive for the ‘Three Tier System’ Category

Dec 15, 2016

Help Fight…For the Love of Wine

If you live in Michigan or know someone who lives in Michigan, if you love wine, if you believe wine lovers and wine retailers deserve fairness in commerce, if you hate when special interests screw the rest of us and if you want to help preserve all that is fine, good and beautiful in the world then continue reading: Last night the Michigan Legislature, at the behest of the state’s beer and wine wholesalers passed SB 1088. It’s a simple…

Oct 24, 2016

Michigan Politicians and Wine: Will They Never Learn?

The Wine Spectator’s Ben O’Donnell covers the legislative goings-on in Michigan whereby the state’s Senate thinks it a brilliant idea to pass a law previously ruled unconstitutional in the state. On Sept. 20, state Sen. Peter MacGregor introduced Senate Bill 1088…the bill would amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow a [Michigan] retailer…to use a common carrier, such as FedEx or UPS, to sell and deliver wine to a consumer in the state. But the bill deletes references to…

Sep 12, 2016

The Shark Has Leapt The Building: The Three Tier System and God

“Our faith, I suggest, requires us to do everything we can to minimize harms, and in this case that would be protecting our state’s three-tier system of alcohol control.” Thus declares the Christian Action League. Who knew. Faith in God requires one supports the Three Tier System. But wait. Is it the three-tier system in which wineries and retailers may ship directly to consumers? Is it the version of the three-tier system in which modest self distribution privileges for producers…