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A Voice for Wine Consumers

June 19, 2013 by  

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 consultant, Tom Wark, the new organization will focus on increasing consumer rights to access wine via direct shipping, supermarket […]

Constitution Never Meant to Serve Beer

October 20, 2011 by  

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 constitutional principals. Although we haven’t chatted in years, I like Craig. He’s a super-nice guy, and he surely […]

Alcohol Wholesalers’ Attack on American Jurisprudence

July 26, 2011 by  

Beer wholesalers say they are supporting federal alcohol legislation related to shipping of alcohol interstate–the so-called CARE Act–because they are concerned about the uncertainty and bureaucracy associated with legal battles on the topic. The National Beer Wholesalers Association explains this position on its website: Since 2005, more than half of the states have faced challenges […]

CEI Releases Paper on CARE Act

July 25, 2011 by  

Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute released my  white paper on the CARE Act. Press release and link follow below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lee Doren, 202-331-2259 Nicole Ciandella, 202-331-2773 CARE Act Undermines the Free Market and Constitutional Principles, New Report Finds Wholesalers Lobby to Protect Regulatory Fiefdoms in the Alcoholic Beverage Market Washington, D.C., July […]

Wholesaler Spending Buys Protection

July 15, 2011 by  

Terroirist blogger David White has posted a good commentary on the Specialty Wine Retailers Association report on alcohol wholesaler spending: “Toward Liquor Domination.” He highlights some report findings such as: Over the past three election cycles, wholesalers have spent more than $15.4 million dollars on contributions to federal campaigns. At the state level, wholesalers have […]

Liquor Wholesalers Enlist Mormon Legislator to Lead Quest

March 18, 2011 by  

Alcohol wholesalers have enlisted Mormon Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to lead their quest for passage of anti-competitive liquor legislation during the 112th Congress [see a copy of the bill here]. Chaffetz is most likely a well-meaning guy who believes he can promote virtue with policies that make alcohol less accessible and more expensive. Publicly, he […]

Lawmakers Soon to Introduce Alcohol Wholesaler Legislation

March 17, 2011 by  

Liquor wholesalers’ appalling misuse of the Constitution By Angela Logomasini Daily Caller, March 16, 2011 Liquor wholesalers’ attempts to rationalize federal alcohol legislation would appall James Madison, the father of the Constitution. Wholesalers claim their legislation will protect “states’ rights.” But their proposal would only serve their narrow special interest at the expense of individual […]

Alcohol Regulations May Ruin Holiday Spirit

December 15, 2010 by  

You might want to send a beautifully packaged wine and cheese gift basket to friends in New York State. But don’t even try because it’s against the law. That’s just one of many silly alcohol regulations that may disrupt your holiday cheer. The prohibition on shipping wine with cheese stems from New York’s law banning […]

Liberate Holiday Wine Shopping

December 9, 2010 by  

Last year, I discovered one of the best and easiest holiday gift solutions: They offer a $49  flat rate to cover all shipping costs for an entire year–whether you buy a case of wine or just a bottle.  Accordingly, I shipped lots of wine to friends and family last year for Christmas and throughout […]

Get Ready for the 2011 battle on Wine Regulation

November 24, 2010 by  

Word on the street has been that wholesalers would not try to get H.R. 5034–a bill that would allow states to increase regulation and limit direct shipping of wine–to the floor during the lame-duck session of Congress. However, they do plan to make this an issue in 2011, which underscores why it’s a good time […]

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