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Wacky Wine Regulation Quiz

November 1, 2011 by  

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 quizzed the audience on the wacky world of alcohol regulation in America. Quiz yourself here. As we presented, participants had […]

MD Restaurant Owners to Consumers: Put a Cork in It

March 3, 2011 by  

Consumer advocates from Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws want state lawmakers to repeal a nonsensical law: the state ban on “corkage.” It is actually against the law in Maryland for restaurants to open and serve wine that consumers bring. Unfortunately, nearby Virginia imposes the same silly and unfair policy. In D.C., however, some […]

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 […]

FDA Energy Drink Ban Begs Question: What Next?

November 19, 2010 by  

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) move this week to ban Four Loko and similar energy drinks containing caffeine and alcohol is all over the news. My colleagues Michelle Minton and Greg Conko have blogged on with all the details why the move represents both regulatory overreach and a threat to our freedoms that […]

Dallas Voters Support Markets, Eliminate “Dry” Areas

November 5, 2010 by  

Cheers to Dallas voters who supported an initiative to eliminate “dry” areas (aka areas where alcohol was completed banned) of the city, which passed with a large majority. What’s most amazing about this vote is the fact that such dry areas even exist in the 21st century! Hooray for Dallas voters for supporting freedom on […]

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 […]

New York Winemakers Forced to Market Out-of-State

May 28, 2010 by  

Scott Osborn–proprietor of Fox Run Vineyards located in the Finger Lakes wine region in New York–poured samples of his great wines at the Gainesville, Virginia Wegmans supermarket last Friday. The store stocks his wines and a host of other New York State wines. Ironically, many resident New Yorkers lack such convenient access to these wines […]