Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Apr 16, 2018

The Wine Police Don’t Have Enough Work To Do

It’s 8:00am in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Like any good winery owner there, you are up, poised and set to receive Internet orders for your wine. Right then, an order from Flagstaff, Arizona comes in. They want Chardonnay; your award-winning Chardonnay. Your online system gratefully accepts the order, runs the credit card, accepts payment and BOOM…By 8:03 you are flush with your first sale of the day. You’ve also broken the law. This, according to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who…

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…

Apr 12, 2018

More Reasons to Think Cannabis Will Hurt Wine Sales

It’s going to be fascinating down the road to try to track the correlation between California retail cannabis sales and California retail wine sales. While it’s being reported that retail sales of cannabis have not met expectations for the first two months of legalized recreational cannabis sales in California, we don’t yet have enough data to determine the extent to which legal cannabis will impact wine sales. But they will. RaboBank’s Boucard Nesin has penned a very interesting post that offers three…

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 15, 2018

The Four Pillars of Modern Alcohol Regulatory Reform

The modern American alcohol regulatory system was dreamed up and implemented in the early 1930s by a group of men whose most recent experience with alcohol was thirteen years of national Prohibition, violent bootleggers and the pre-Prohibition moral squalor of the “Tavern”. Eighty-five years later the system that was created when school segregation was the law of the land, when child labor was largely unregulated and when there was no constitutional right to a minimum wage. remains mainly unchanged. The…