Archive for the ‘Three Tier System’ Category

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…

Apr 10, 2020

Health, Safety, Cynicism and Alcohol in a Post COVID-19 World

“Public health and safety”.  It is the new mantra that wine and spirit wholesalers around the country are whispering into the ears of lawmakers, judges, the media and alcohol regulators. Not too many years ago, you didn’t hear wholesalers beat the drum of “health and safety” as they opposed efforts to reform a decades-old distribution system that was creaking and ossified but built to keep those alcohol wholesalers in control of just about everything. Today, “health and safety” all you…

Mar 5, 2020

REPORT—Wine Retailer Shipping Will Kill Americans

This is why I’m absolutely positive that large swaths of consumers across the country will eventually have access to wines via retailer-to-consumer shipment: “FAKE ALCOHOL AND INTERSTATE E-COMMERCE“. This is a new “white paper” from the “Center For Alcohol Policy”, which is a front group for the National Beer Wholesalers Association that attempts to look like a neutral party simply wanting to get to the bottom of alcohol policy. While ostensibly focused on the dangers of “fake alcohol”, this paper…