What’s Behind New York’s Unprecedented Attack on Fine Wine Retailers?

“Improper Conduct” This vague and completely undefined concept is cited by the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) as the reason it is attempting to revoke the license of a prominent New York wine retailer to¬† to do business in the state. Is the authority of the Chairman of NYSLA to revoke a license on… 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 »

Opposing Alcohol Franchise Laws: The Right Thing To Do

When issues surrounding “Franchise Laws” arise, as they are now in the state of Missouri, it is almost always a matter of dispute between wholesalers and suppliers. Retailers rarely are part of the conversation since Franchise Laws don’t directly impact retailers. Yet, as NAWR’s recent press release makes clear, wine retailers ought to oppose these… Read more »

The Present and Future of Wine Retailing

Online wine specialists are siphoning off more engaged consumers from the supermarket, which has captured the bulk of wine sales. An article in Drinks Business notes that this is just one of the conclusions drawn by Richard Halstead, CEO of Wine Intelligence, a consulting firm in the UK, that in London recently reported on a… Read more »

Wine Retailers, Third Party Marketers and New York

Many wine retailer will have noted the increase in what are called “Third Party Marketers” (TPM) over the past few years. These TPMs are essentially unlicensed advertisers that put a wine or set of wines in front of their readers. Some TPM have very large audiences. Lot 18 and Amazon.com are among two of the… 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 »