Archive for the ‘Three Tier System’ Category

Jun 15, 2018

Wine Retailers Are Out Numbered At The Table

Every state in America has some sort of Commission, Agency, Department or Board that oversees the state’s alcohol production, distribution and sales. What’s notable about this is that alcohol is the most highly regulated industry in America. As a result, the commissioners, agents, department heads and board members almost never garner an “attaboy” from either those they regulate or those that watch them regulate. The primary problem these regulators face is they are tasked with overseeing what is in most…

May 30, 2018

The Slow Adoption of Technology in Wine is Political

A great amount of words have been composed trying to explain why the wine industry has a seeming aversion to implementing new digital technologies. Notables of great talent and energy have worked and are working to cajole the wine trade into embracing the digital tools available for better meeting consumer wine demand as well as matching consumer desires to products. Yet, the single greatest deterrent to the wine industry becoming a full-fledged adopter of new economy tools isn’t a luddite’s aversion…

Apr 16, 2018

Automatic Weapons, Wine and Cannabis

In a recent post about how cannabis sales will hurt wine sales, one commenter noted that at least “there is no three-tier distribution system for weed.” Well, there actually is a three-tier distribution system for cannabis in California, with some small exceptions for the smallest producers. Putting in place a three-tier distribution system (producer to distributor to dispensary) was the price to get law enforcement on board. This, of course, will eventually have to change otherwise the smallest cannabis farmers will…

Mar 26, 2018

Shocking Report: Booze Wholesaler Representative Misrepresents Facts

I’m always intrigued when I see someone write or say something I know they know is untrue. The game I play is, “Guess the Motive”. I played that game when I saw Jim Purucker’s editorial in Indiana newspapers that argued it is a strict three-tier system of alcohol distribution that prevents tainted alcohol from being distributed and consumed in the U.S. the way it has been reported to be a problem at Mexican resorts: “It leads you to wonder, why…

Mar 13, 2018

On The Other Hand: Wine in 2028

Leave it to Rob McMillan to dig into the big questions: “What Will The Wine Business Look Like in 2028?” It’s an interesting read. In it, Rob is most concerned with how we (the wine trade) will sell wine. His primary observation is this: “I think we are coming to the end of the elevated growth in the tasting room and club models we’ve been managing for the past decade.” In support of this, he provides, among others, these predictions:…