Hallelujah —The Texas Wine Miracle — Legal Edition

Sometimes, out of nowhere, a lawmaker in a state does something audacious and profoundly beneficial to the consumers. That’s happened in Texas. A Texas lawmaker named Matt Rinaldi has authored a bill (HB 2291) that completely reforms the laws for the direct shipment of wine to consumers in that state. Currently, Texas retailers, Texas Wineries, and out-of-state wineries may ship wine to Texans. However, Texans are forbidden by law from having wine shipped to them from out-of-state retailers and wine…

Feb 20, 2017

The Search for Reason in Alcohol Laws

The Search for Reason in Alcohol Laws

When people who don’t live in such places where archaic laws are still enforced and discover that, for example, Sunday sales of alcohol are illegal, they tend to be stopped in their tracks. They only logical response is, “Well, that’s stupid.” Hopefully, that response will come slightly less often with regard to Minnesota. Minnesota could take the first step toward erasing the state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales. The House was expected to vote Monday on a bill that would…

Feb 20, 2017

The Internet Wine Retailers Are Coming

The Internet Wine Retailers Are Coming

The courts are not the only avenue through which the decaying and withering three-tier system is being challenged. The ginned up support for protecting middlemen from having to compete by stifling competition is also being addressed in legislatures and in the media and in the academy. However, as the National Law Journal notes, the efforts to use the courts to address the issue are moving along swimmingly. “Growth in recent years in the online shopping industry has led to new innovations in…

Feb 7, 2017

Check Your Wine Privilege!

Check Your Wine Privilege!

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about “Wine Privilege”. I investigated. Apparently, “Wine Privilege” is a term for benefits that accrue to people identified as wine lovers beyond what are commonly experienced by non-wine lovers. It’s insidious and whether you recognize it or not, if you love wine, you possess wine privilege. Examples of wine privilege abound. If you can open a bottle of wine using a complicated tool that includes levers and handles, you possess wine privilege. If you properly…

Feb 5, 2017

Should Wineries Get Vocal About Their Politics?

Should Wineries Get Vocal About Their Politics?

The winery chose to be very vocal about their opposition to President Trump’s immigration policy, going so far as to put a “Resistance” symbol on their label, being vocal in the media about their opposition, and announcing their opposition to the President’s various policies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They took a principled stand. The upshot was that they lost the support of a small number of important customers located in Texas, Florida, Missouri and Georgia who, together, purchased over $120,000 in…