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 »

New Lawsuit Aimed at Michigan Ban on Wine Retailer Shipping…Again

A recently filed lawsuit against the state of Michigan claims the state violated the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution when it passed a law that discriminates against out-of-state wine retailers by banning them from shipping wine to consumers in the state. What’s most unique about this lawsuit is that it is identical to a… Read more »

Reciprocal Retailer Wine Shipping Law Challenged in Missouri

Following on the heals of the filing of a lawsuit challenging Illinois’ discriminatory retailer wine shipping law, a new lawsuit has been filed in Missouri that challenges that state’s law that only permits retailers in states where Missouri retailers may ship to ship wine into the state of Missouri. This so-called “reciprocal” wine shipping law… Read more »

Retailer Wine Shipping: On The Litigation Front

It is ironic that as the Internet wine retail market has heated up over the past decade, the one entity that has been actively discouraged from participating in that heat up is the American wine retailer. As a result of lobbying efforts to protect local retailers and wholesalers, wineries approving of bans on retailer direct… 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 »

Open Letter to State Liquor Administrators

The following letter was sent to the National Association of State Liquor Administrators and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association: Is now the moment for the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association to follow the recommendation of the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association and attempt to prejudice the… Read more »

Wholesalers and 3 Tier System Biggest Threat to Alcohol Retailers

Perhaps the biggest lie told by proponents of strict adherence to the three system of alcohol regulation is that by forcing retailers to purchase products from wholesalers, rather than direct from the producer, prevents undue pressure being put on the retailer by the producer. This position was most recently articulate by Tim Kent of the… Read more »

Alcohol Retailers Challenge Baseless Law in Indiana

A federal lawsuit has been filed in Indiana challenging that states long established ruling that liquor stores may sell chilled beer, but convenience stores and gas stations may not sell chilled beer. The lawsuit is another example of states maintaining unjustifiable laws that favor one group of similar alcohol licensees over another. The suit, brought… Read more »