Posts Categorized: State Legislation

What Modern American Wine Retailers Support

Each year state legislatures across the country see the introduction of new bills around January and February that in one way or another reform the alcohol beverage laws of their states. Some of the legislation is an honest attempt to make a highly regulated industry operate more smoothly or more efficiently or with more transparency…. Read more »

Maryland Doubles Down on Wine Shipping Stupidity

It is indicative of Maryland’s legendarily dysfunctional alcohol distribution system, that lawmakers in that state would feel a need to push legislation reasserting their opposition to free and fair trade in wine. House Bill 987 (Sponsor: Warren Miller) redundantly insists that Marylanders ought to be expressly forbidden from purchasing wine from out-of-state retailers and auction houses… Read more »

The Billion Dollar Wine Shipping Boondoggle

We know that wineries in the United States ship upwards of $2 billion in wine directly to consumers across the country. What we don’t know is the value of wine shipped directly to consumers from wine retailers. Yet, we can say with great confidence that the concerted effort by wine distributors, wineries and some retailers… Read more »

Nebraska Bill Ending Retailer Shipping Stopped

The introduction of LB 230 in Nebraska was the first bill introduced in a few years that would have ended retailer-to-consumer wine shipping. The National Association of Wine Retailers played a key part in helping roll back the Legislation. Ostensibly LB 230 was introduced by Senator Russ Karpicek as a means of fixing language in… Read more »