Posts Categorized: State Legislation

Lessons From the New Hampshire Wine Shipping Debacle

On February 1, 2018, the writing was on the wall. The New Hampshire Liquor Commission’s attempt to convince the state’s lawmakers to strip out-of-state wine retailers of their right to obtain permits to ship wine to  consumers was going to die in committee. The Commission’s response to this reality was unusual: The Liquor Commission chose… Read more »

Michigan Wine Lovers Have No Access to 89% of Wines

The increase in interstate wine shipment by wine retailers and wine stores over the past decade can be traced directly to 3 developments in the American economy: 1. A significant increase in the number and diversity of domestic and imported wine products in the U.S. marketplace 2. Increased access to information about these new and… Read more »

Who’s Killing The Fine Wine Retailers?

Independent fine wine retailers are at risk of commercial irrelevancy by being permanently shut out of the lucrative wine shipping channel and the expanded markets they need for future survival. A combination of their own shortsighted fear of competition, the emergence of multi-state retail licensees and retailers’ proclivity to side with industry groups that don’t… Read more »

Challenging State Wine Laws: The Tanford Interview, Part 2

In a previous post we introduced Alex Tanford, the Indiana attorney and professor who played a key role in moving the landmark Granholm v Heald Supreme Court case to fruition and who is currently challenging discriminatory laws in three states that ban retailer to consumer shipping. In this post, Professor Tanford addresses questions concerning the… Read more »

The Pitiful Selection of Wines Distributed in Texas

Perhaps the primary reason consumers benefit by access to out-of-state products is that the traditional three-tier system that puts products on the shelves in most states is terrible at providing consumers with choices. Consider the state of Texas. In the past 24 months, the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission, which overseas alcohol sales and distribution in… Read more »

Texas Tests Anti-Competitive Theory vs. Free Markets in Wine

A recent story in the Houston Post highlighted a Texas lawmaker who has recently filed a bill challenging the state’s ban on consumer shipments of wine from out-of-state retailers. In the article, Representative Matt Rinaldi said the ban “is ridiculously anti-competitive… It is protectionist and it violates the rights of anyone who values the free… Read more »

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 »