Archive for the ‘Wine Consumers’ Category

Nov 3, 2010

Did Washington Voters Reform Wine Regulations?…Maybe

Did Washington State voters throw off the shackles of its antiquated three tier system or did they choose to remain tied to post-Prohibition era state stores and a three tier distribution system for liquor and regulations that put distributors in charge over all others? Answer: We don't know yet. Initiative 1100 in Washington State would get the State out of the business of selling spirits at state-run stores and put that job in the hands of the private sector. In…

Oct 28, 2010

On my Thursday Wine Mind

On my Thursday mind…   "It's like using an ATM"Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board spokesperson Stacy Witalec on the new "Wine Kiosks" spreading to various grocery stores in the state Well, not really, unless you have taken an automated breathalyzer test by blowing into the ATM prior to retrieving your 20s. The absurdity of the PA wine kiosks that force you to look through a little window at the wine bottle, stare into a camera, hope the person looking at your…

Oct 18, 2010

“Booze Dollars” vs. “Dope Dollars”

Beer, spirits and wine compete with one another, as industries, for the nation's "Booze Market". What these three products have in common with one another are many. Fermentation. Alcohol as a component. Socializing as a byproduct. Differentiation based on taste. Highly regulated rules of sales, distribution and consumption. And…they also all have in common the primary effect of using them: inebriation. They are mind altering. So is Marijuana. And based on the polls I'm reading there is a high likelihood…

Oct 15, 2010

The American Wine Consumer Survey

The goal is to launch a true wine consumer advocacy organization. And we are working on creating just such a robust, active and relevant organization. You can indicate your interest by joining the American Wine Consumer FACEBOOK Page that currently has over 1000 supporters. HOWEVER, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE LEARN MORE ABOUT WINE CONSMERS AND THEIR NEEDS. So, I'd ask you to click the following link and take The American Wine Consumer Survey Please forward the link (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YQ2MS7R) to…

Oct 13, 2010

Beer Wholesalers Spend $3 million Trying to Control Alcohol Market

The National Beer Wholesalers of America, the folks that brought you H.R. 5034 in an attempt to keep America's alcohol distribution system humming along at a 1933 pace and who, if they had their way, would see all direct shipping and all winery self distribution to retailers and restaurants banned, are moving up in the world. The Wall Street Journal reports that during the current 2010 election cycle the National Beer Wholesalers of America (NBWA) are the 4th largest corporate…