2209, 2023

Ohio intends to file U.S. Supreme Court petition on wine retailer shipping case by Irish Liquor Lawyer

By |September 22, 2023|Categories: News|0 Comments

The issue of retailer DTC shipping is heating up with the state of Ohio acknowledging that the 6th Circuit’s decision in Block v. Canepa presents a circuit split on the issue of whether direct shipping restrictions are upheld as a matter of law, like in the 4th and 8th Circuit, or whether they require a factual inquiry as indicated by the 1st and 7th Circuit. Read the article by Irish Liquor Lawyer.

2203, 2023

WIN: New Website Targets Harms Caused by Three-Tier System of Alcohol Regulation

By |March 22, 2023|Categories: News|0 Comments

The three-tier system of alcohol distribution is nearly 90 years old. Yet, despite massive cultural, economic, social, and technological changes that have occurred since the 1930s, the system still governs how alcohol is distributed in most states. A new website, “Fermenting Change”, has launched outlining the various ways this archaic system harms the alcohol industry and prevents consumers from accessing the products they want. The new website also offers an alternative to the three-tier system necessary to bring alcohol regulation into the 21st century.

2103, 2023

Vinepair: Alcohol Distributor RNDC Alleges Sazerac ‘Schemed’ to ‘Circumvent the Three-tier System’ and Claims Millions Owed

By |March 21, 2023|Categories: News|0 Comments

The 51-page document, shared with VinePair by RNDC’s PR firm, alleges that Sazerac’s initial lawsuit lacked proper context and contained incorrect information about RNDC. The distributor claims that Sazerac attempted to work outside of the three-tier system of alcohol distribution and took an overreaching role — in conflict with U.S. distributor regulations — in selling the product.

1603, 2023

Vinoshipper stands behind our report: Look at the numbers and consider the rhetoric

By |March 16, 2023|Categories: News|0 Comments

The recent Vinoshipper study on age-verification for online, Direct-to-Consumer sales (DTC) of wine has rocked the Three-Tier establishment, particularly the wholesalers who gave us their special “redliner” treatment, attacking credible media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and Wine Searcher for covering relevant and significant data and factual common-sense analysis.  Like many others in this space who have advocated for the safe expansion of DTC, we are helping to chip away the years of influence that powerful special interests have long protected.  

1403, 2023

Fermentation: A Good Death Has Come To Pass

By |March 14, 2023|Categories: News|0 Comments

There is no other way to characterize this bill than a piece of authoritarian overreach created and deployed on behalf of anti-shipping forces in the wholesale and regulatory community who want to see direct-to-consumer shipments of wine curtailed.

1303, 2023

Irish Liquor Lawyer responds to WSWA’s response to VinoShipper, Blake Gray, Lettie Teague and all things DTC shipping

By |March 13, 2023|Categories: News|0 Comments

VinoShipper conducted a study (Blake Gray covered this study and is a co-culprit with VinoShipper in the eyes of WSWA) over a 3-year period in which there were nearly 634,000 attempted buys on its website and it discovered that only 943 attempted buys were made by minors. Which means only 0.15% of all attempted buys were performed by minors. With a miniscule number representing 0.15% of all attempted buys, it would lead a logical person to conclude that minors are not utilizing the online marketplace to access alcohol.

1103, 2023

SF Chronicle: Silicon Valley Bank collapse is causing a financial crisis for California’s wine industry

By |March 11, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Silicon Valley Bank was closed Friday by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation after a bank run by its venture capital customers. For nearly 30 years, the bank has been the go-to financial institution for the California wine industry. But now, an estimated thousands of wineries are locked out of their Silicon Valley Bank accounts — and they don’t know if, or when, they’ll get access to their money. 

903, 2023

CWA Opposes Illinois Legislation Harmful to Small Wineries

By |March 9, 2023|Categories: Featured|0 Comments

The Craft Wine Association opposes Illinois House Bill 2399, a proposal that calls for the registration of third-party providers that ship wine to residents of Illinois on behalf of winery shippers. The legislation would create additional costs and complexities to an already complex system and be harmful to the wine industry.

603, 2023

Wine Searcher: Wholesalers’ Online Wine Claims Don’t Stand Up

By |March 6, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

In their ongoing battle to make sure they get a 30 percent cut of every bottle of wine, wholesalers like to publicize stings staged to demonstrate that underage people can order wine online. But an extensive study by one of the most widely used platforms to ship wine shows that real underage kids almost never actually try to order wine – and when they do, they're usually stopped right away.

2402, 2023

Study Dispels Myth of Minor Access to Alcohol Through Direct Sales

By |February 24, 2023|Categories: News|0 Comments

Vinoshipper, an online wine compliance and e-commerce platform, has released a first-of-its-kind study to show that by using technology for age-verification it is 100 percent effective at stopping illegal purchases of alcoholic beverages by minors.  The study shows that direct-to-consumer sales are the safest way for alcohol to be sold and pre-purchase age verification software is a cost-effective and reliable way to block and measure minors' attempts to purchase alcohol online. It also clearly demonstrates that minors are not attempting to use online direct-to-consumer avenues in any significant number to secure alcohol.

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