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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 […]

Washhington State Cracks Open Three-Tier Mandates

November 9, 2011 by  

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 Michelle Minton and I have written about it here and here. Now that the initiative has passed, the state can start issuing licenses to […]

Washington State Initiative Could Send Tremors Across America

November 2, 2011 by  

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 initiative will become a model for other states looking to enhance consumer choice and private enterprise. Costco has led the […]

Wholesale Abuse and Costco’s New Initiative

July 18, 2011 by  

Practical Winery and Vineyard Journal has published my latest perspective on wholesaler attempts to pass anti-competitive federal legislation. A copy of that is available here. Also, a news item worth checking out is Costco’s latest effort to remove regulatory barriers for alcohol retailers in Washington State. The company is advancing a new initiative–#1183–for the ballot […]

Washington Voters Miss the Point: Markets are Fair and Orderly

November 5, 2010 by  

Washington State voters rejected an initiative that would have re-organized this industry simply to make it more rational, market-based, and fairer. The initiative, discussed in an earlier post, simply would allowed retailers to buy wine, spirits, and beer direct from producers and would have allowed private shops — rather than government agencies — to sell […]

In Letter and Spirit: Equal Treatment Under the Law

May 21, 2010 by  

A Washington Post blog pointed out this week that the State of Virginia is looking into privatizing its liquor stores. My recent pieces comparing New York and Virginia show that Virginia has done a pretty good job allowing competition to flourish within the wine and beer industries, and that serves consumers very well. Why not […]