Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Oct 12, 2018

The Supreme Court Must Rule on Wine Retailer Shipping

Since 2005 when the U.S Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of New York and Michigan’s discriminatory and protectionist bans on wine shipments from out-of-state wineries in Granholm v Heald, a certain legal and regulatory confusion ensued. The upcoming Supreme Court case being dubbed “Granholm II” is going to resolve that confusion. The new Supreme Court Case, Byrd v. Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association, will do this by clarifying exactly what is “unquestionably legitimate” when it comes to the three-tier system….

Oct 8, 2018

Sonoma State Wine MBA Students Get it Done

If you are ever inclined to ask, “just what the hell are they teaching those kids in college these days,” I’d point you to a recent story for Wine Industry Advisor written by Madeleine Rose that examines the results of a Wine MBA class project at Sonoma State University. Though the survey is very small in sample size, the students at Sonoma State have uncovered some interesting hints at how the generations approach to wine is both similar and different. And…

Oct 1, 2018

I Took Legal Advice From Wine Wholesalers and Only Got This Tee Shirt

In the wake of the Supreme Court agreeing on Thursday to hear a case of great importance to wine retailer shipping, the very next day the state of Michigan receive the kind of news regarding its wine shipping laws that it has had to confront a number of times before. On Friday, a Michigan Federal District Court ruled its wine retailer shipping law to be unconstitutional and enjoined the state from enforcing its ban on out-of-state wine retailer shipments. This…

Sep 27, 2018

Ten Ways Wine Can Combat the Threat of Cannabis

Here are five paragraphs from a news story concerning cannabis and wine with which members of the wine industry ought to be very concerned: Jena, a 27-year-old business operations employee based in Chicago, has consumed alcohol socially for nearly a decade. In recent months, however, she decided it was not worth the calories or hangovers. She switched to cannabis products, and now she smokes marijuana once or twice a week and eats gummy candies with cannabidiol, also known as CBD, a…

Sep 18, 2018

Willamette Valley Conjunctive Label Law Is a Mistake

According to a recent story by the Portland Oregonian’s wine writer Michael Alberty, winemakers and winergrowers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, home to some of the best Pinot Noir produced anywhere in the world, are likely to support a bill that would require Conjunctive Labelling to support the larger Willamette Valley AVA. I think this is a mistake. Conjunctive Labelling Laws require that a winery place the name of a larger recognized winegrowing region on their label even when the grapes…