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A Voice for Wine Consumers

A Voice for Wine Consumers

With the launch of The American Wine Consumer Coalition today, U.S. wine consumers now have a place in public policy debates for the first time ever.  Brainchild of award-winning wine blogger and wine industry public relations... 


AP16 Speaker: Industry is Akin to Malaria-Carrying Mosquito

AP16 Speaker: Industry is Akin to Malaria-Carrying Mosquito

Robert Denniston Presenting at AP16 There’s a certain romance associated with being in the wine industry, which is why many people aspire to own a vineyard despite all the back-breaking work associated with farming. That’s... 


Another Perspective on AP16

Another Perspective on AP16

Julie Gunlock of the Independent Women’s Forum reports on her experience at the Alcohol Policy 16 conference last week.  She draws conclusions similar to my own. She notes: I’ve written some on alcohol policy in the past... 


Taxing Alcohol for Profit and Punishment

Taxing Alcohol for Profit and Punishment

Although there appears to be no acceptable level of alcohol consumption to participants at the Alcohol Policy 16 Conference, which met last week in Arlington, Va., attendees certainly don’t mind profiting from people who do... 


Health Advocates Target Responsible Drinkers

Health Advocates Target Responsible Drinkers

“Don’t just lean in, barge in,” said Rebecca Ramirez of Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health at the opening of the Alcohol Policy 16 conference in Arlington,Virginia (April 3-5, 2013). In one short... 


Washhington State Cracks Open Three-Tier Mandates

Washhington State Cracks Open Three-Tier Mandates

Yesterday, Washington State voters passed an initiative to privatize spirit sales and facilitate a more open market. It essentially breaks up the state’s mandatory “three-tier system” for alcohol distribution. My colleague... 


Tied House Rules: Mythical Excuse for Regulation?

Tied House Rules: Mythical Excuse for Regulation?

My colleague Michelle Minton raises a provocative, yet convincing case that modern-day laws supporting three-tier mandates for alcohol regulation are based more on myth than reality.  These laws mandate that all alcohol must... 


Washington State Initiative Could Send Tremors Across America

Washington State Initiative Could Send Tremors Across America

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy published my article on the Washington State alcohol policy initiative  (#1183), which would privatize spirit sales and crack open the three-tier system in that state. With any luck, this... 


Wacky Wine Regulation Quiz

Wacky Wine Regulation Quiz

My colleague Michelle Minton and I presented on  alcohol regulation at the Society of Wine Educators Conference in Providence Rhode Island is past summer. We managed to keep participants awake with a lively presentation that... 


Constitution Never Meant to Serve Beer

Constitution Never Meant to Serve Beer

Last week, the National Beer Wholesalers Association President Craig Purser, who happens to be a former colleague of mine, had an article in The Washington Times, suggesting that the alcohol bill on Capitol Hill (H.R. 1161) serves... 


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