Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

Feb 25, 2020

The Most Unique Wine Trade Org in 30 Years Arrives to Fight Tariffs

I can’t emphasize enough how rare it is to see the creation of a successful new trade association in the alcohol industry. In my 30 years working in the beverage alcohol industry, I can count the number of successful new trade coalitions on one hand. Moreover, the creation of trade organization that brings together importers, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants and producers is unheard of. Enter the United States Wine Trade Alliance. What’s not surprising is the unique coalition represented by the…

Feb 8, 2020

Why is Virginia Passing A Blatantly Unconstitutional Spirits Shipping Law?

If was 15 years ago when the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in Granholm v Heald. In that important ruling the Court wrote: “If a State chooses to allow direct shipment of wine, it must do so on evenhanded terms. Without demonstrating the need for discrimination, New York and Michigan have enacted regulations that disadvantage out-of-state wine producers. Under our Commerce Clause jurisprudence, these regulations cannot stand.” In the Commonwealth of Virginia House Bill 1187 would…

Jan 29, 2020

Wine Tariffs and the Threat of “Drink American”

This is new and this has some important implications to consider: “Perfect. I agree with that 100%; America has enough resources on her own, most of everything has much better quality anyway. BUY AMERICAN!” “Based upon the pix looks like a bunch of winos gonna be teed off, ..they’ll get over it!” These two comments made in response to a recent article laying out the threat to the American wine industry from proposed tariffs of up to 100% on European…

Jan 2, 2020

Stop The Wine Tariffs

The threatened 100% tariffs on wines from the EU will result in a number of American wine importers closing down and going out of business. The proposed 100% tariffs on wines from the European Union will wreck a great number of small independent wine stores and wine bars. Many of the remaining small wholesalers will also be knocked for a loop. But don’t worry. Total Wine & More will survive. So will Southern Glazers. But, in the end, at least…

Dec 15, 2019

The Wine Issues and Items of 2019

After working on behalf of clients, my time is often taken up with attention paid to those issues and items in the wine world that most significantly impact my industry and my life. In 2019 there were many wine issues and items that consistently captured my attention. Going forward into 2020, many of these issues should attract your attention too. The Aggregators For those of us who closely follow the wine news and news of the industry, the aggregators have…