Archive for the ‘Wine Consumers’ Category

Jun 11, 2019

In Wine Law…Be Careful What You DO NOT Ask For

The recent opening of Florida for wine shipments from out-of-state wine retailers is a story of “be careful what you DON’T ask for”. In 2005, in the wake of the Granholm v Heald Supreme Court decision, a Florida Federal District Court ruled that the state was barred from enforcing its laws that banned out-of-state shipments of wine. At the time wineries rightfully celebrated. However, there was also in place an assumption that the Court order barring enforcement of the state’s…

May 31, 2019

Meet William Occam—The Millennial Wine Marketing Expert

Before we start imploring wineries and retailers to change the way they do business in order to accommodate a different kind of consumer (Millennials) it might be a good idea to deploy Occam’s razor. William of Occam, a philosopher and friar from the 14th century, implored (and I’m paraphrasing here) that in attempting to explain a phenomenon we should not make more assumptions than the minimum necessary. Which brings us to the question, why do Millennials spend less on wine?…

May 8, 2019

The State of Discrimination in Wine

Since the 2005 Granholm v Heald Supreme Court ruling that deemed it unconstitutional for a state to allow direct to consumer wine shipments from in-state shippers but not from out-of-state wine shippers, numerous subsequent court cases have challenged state laws that impact the direct shipment of wine to consumers. Many of these cases have challenged laws that remain on the books that allow in-state retailers to ship wine to consumers in those state but prohibit out-of-state wine retailers do to…

Apr 20, 2019

Amazon Is Coming For Wine and That’s a Good Thing

The recent disclosure that Amazon.com is seeking to hire an alcohol policy lobbyist has led a number of folks to wonder if, speculate on and predict that, the retail giant is planning a move into alcohol sales and fulfillment. The interest is warranted given the impact that Amazon can have on an industry when it trains its interest on a service or product sector. The complicated nature of alcohol law and its regulation isn’t lost on the Amazon gang. Reading…

Mar 30, 2019

How Can We Screw Wine Consumers And Pretend Not To?

How hard can it be to write a law that simply allows consumers in a given state to legally receive wine shipments from sources outside that state? Believe me when I tell you, this is among the simplest legislative efforts under the sun. Yet, in Delaware, there appears to be aversion simplicity, not to mention fairness and support for consumers. A bill in that state, SB 49, is set to be heard in the Senate Banking, Business and Insurance Committee on…