The Supreme Court and Wine Shipping: Another Chance

In a petition for a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, a Florida retailer has asked the high court to overturn a lower court ruling concerning wine shipping. That ruling, from the 8th Circuit court of Appeals, claims the 21st Amendment to the Constitution allows the State of Missouri to discriminate against out-of-state… Read more »

A Better Way On Retailer Wine Shipping In Michigan

Tomorrow,  two attorneys — one representing the state of Michigan and another representing the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association — will stand in front of one of the highest courts in the land and argue that discriminatory and protectionist laws that bar Michiganders from receiving wine shipments from out-of-state wine stores ought to be… Read more »

NAWR’s Official Statement Concerning U.S. Tariffs on European Union Wines

THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WINE RETAILERS TO THE OFFICE OF THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVES ON JANUARY 6TH CONCERNING THE ISSUE OF TARIFFS ON EUROPEAN WINES   Re: Section 301 Investigation on France’s Digital Services Tax Docket No. USTR- 2019-0009: Written Comments the National Association of Wine Retailers Dear Mr…. Read more »

In Wine Law, Be Careful What you DO NOT Ask For

The opening of Florida for wine shipments from out-of-state wine retailers is a story of “be careful what you DON’T ask for”. In 2005, in the wake of the Granholm v Heald Supreme Court decision, a Florida Federal District Court ruled that the state was barred from enforcing its laws that banned out-of-state shipments of… Read more »

The Truth About Wine Shipping and Michigan

There is a term in journalism called “burying the lede”.  It refers to when a reporter leads off a story or writes a story in which the main point is non-existent or buried deep in the story. The Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers provided a classic example with their recent announcement concerning “illegal” wine shipments… Read more »

Honesty Prevails at Supreme Court Wine Case Hearing

We saw something remarkable at the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday when oral arguments in the case of Tennessee Retailers v. Blair were held. Too often, court cases obscure the practical reasons laws are enacted, instead focusing on technical legal reasoning. That didn’t happen yesterday. More than once the advocate for the Tennessee Wine & Spirit… Read more »

The Wine Retailer Supreme Court Case is Coming

The 13-year-old Granholm v. Heald Supreme Court decision is about to be revisited, only this time with retailer wine shipping at issue. Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Tennessee Wine & Spirit Retailers v. Byrd. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in its Granholm v. Heald decision that states violated… Read more »