Archive for the ‘Wine Business’ Category

Oct 25, 2018

Napa vs Oregon Wine Country: Coppola Edition

News that the Coppola family of Napa and Sonoma winery fame purchased the Vista Hills Vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley shouldn’t be a real surprise. While there isn’t an exodus to Oregon among California winemakers, there certainly is a turning north in winemakers’ investment view. The Vista Hills Vineyard is a pretty prime spot. Located in the Dundee Hills AVA and situated next door to Domaine Drouhin and Domaine Serene, the 42 acres of vineyard and tasting room and winery…

Oct 23, 2018

Lies, Damned Lies and Wine Wholesalers

“I am always surprised when individual wholesalers or their main trade and lobbying group, the Washington DC-based Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America [WSWA,] fails to chime in on key issues.” Liza Zimmerman, correspondent for Wine-Searcher I’m not. After all, when forced to respond to key issues to the wine and spirits industry, wholesalers are forced into a terrible situation: They either must tell the truth of their protectionist ideology (which never goes over well) or lie. That’s not a…

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…

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