Archive for the ‘Wine Legal Battles’ Category

Feb 15, 2021

Why Uber Will Not Be Challenging How Alcohol is Sold and Distributed

Since the Uber purchase of local alcohol sales platform Drizly for $1.1 billion earlier this month, there has been talk and speculation that the food and people delivery service will be in a position to disrupt the three-tier system of alcohol distribution. While this would be a nice and welcome development, there is virtually no chance of this kind of disruption occurring as a result of this merger. Here’s why. First, it’s essential to appreciate the “three-tier system” for what…

Feb 9, 2021

The Blueprint For Fixing the Wine, Beer and Spirits Industry

In a previous post, I expounded on why and how the three-tier system is retarding the growth of the alcohol industry primarily through the state mandates that require all alcohol to flow through a middleman wholesaler before it can reach the retail shelves and restaurant lists. I also discussed some of the forces that are defending this tired system, in particular many state regulators. At the end of that post, I promised a roadmap for dismantling the three-tier system. The…

Dec 15, 2020

Is Stealing Wine the Right Choice for a Life of Crime?

One of the fundamental principles of thievery (as it has been explained to me) is the value per pound of the item to be stolen. The greater this ratio, the more complex the thriving operation: heavy things are hard to move while lighter things are more easily spirited away. This explains why identity theft is so attractive. The object of the theft is without weight. This calculation, however, has always called into question for me the reasonableness of stealing wine,…

Dec 7, 2020

The Discussion to Define Alcohol DTC in 2021

Repeal Day, a commemoration of the day in 1933 when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the 21st Amendment ending the prohibition of alcohol sale and consumption in the United States, was celebrated on December 5th—last Saturday. It’s an inconspicuous day on the calendar the doesn’t get as much attention as National Taco Day or National Vacuum Cleaner Day. I celebrated Repeal Day with the gentlemen from The Wine Makers podcast, where we discussed the state of consumer access to alcohol. It’s…

Nov 19, 2020

“Catastrophic” — The State of Restaurant Wine Sales

In a press release that outlined the state of depletions (sales from wholesalers to restaurants/retailers) over the past 12 months ending in September, SipSource analyst Dale Stratton described on-premise (restaurant/bar) alcohol sales this way: “The situation in the on-premise is nothing short of catastrophic and continues to get worse every day.” It’s possible that Stratton was understating the situations for restaurants and bars. This is particularly the case as many states engage in a second round of shutdowns of restaurants…