Tag Archives: Commerce Clause

• Wall Street Journal Slams HR 1161. CARE Act my foot.

Wall Street Journal Slams HR 1161. CARE Act my foot.

Congress specializes in giving nice names to bad bills, and the latest is the Community Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness (Care) Act. This purports to give states and communities more authority to regulate alcohol. In fact, its purpose is to prevent out-of-state wine producers from selling directly to consumers around the country. The federal government and states […]

• Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America to American Wine Consumers: “HEY, F*CK YOU GUYS!”

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America to American Wine Consumers: “HEY, F*CK YOU GUYS!”

The Case Against HR 1161 1 Wine Dude sez: I’ve officially had it with the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America and their unparalleled ability to continually flip the legislative bird to U.S. taxpayers and American wine consumers. Their latest ploy has been the introduction of HR 1161 – called, strangely enough, the “CARE” act […]

• Wine Retailers Fight For Free Market Rebuffed By Supreme Court

Wine Retailers Fight For Free Market Rebuffed By Supreme Court

In the wake of the Supreme Court denial of Certiorari in the case of Wine Country Gift Baskets v. Steen on Monday, the Specialty Wine Retailers Association (SWRA) today vowed to continue its efforts to work on behalf of wine retailers and consumers for a wine market grounded in long standing constitutional principles. While having […]

• Supreme Court Asked To Review Discrimination In Wine Shipping

In asking the Supreme Court of the United States to grant a review of the case of Wine Country Gift Baskets v. Steen, a coalition of American wine retailers hopes the high court will to bring a definitive end to the ongoing interstate trade war over the direct shipment of wine. The battle over direct […]

• Cheap Booze, Cheaper Congressmen

Cheap Booze, Cheaper Congressmen

A bill that could wind up severly restricting interstate booze trade—thus raising prices, limiting selection, and generally making the world a dryer place, all while giving the Commerce Clause the heave-ho when it comes to trade in beer, wine, and liquor—managed to win a hearing today from the ready-to-get-outta-Dodge House Judiciary Committee. The legislation in […]

• Defeat HR5034: Stop the Monopoly Power Grab. Sign the petition.

Defeat HR5034: Stop the Monopoly Power Grab. Sign the petition.

HR 5034 is an unprecedented special interest power grab that is a direct threat to legal, regulated winery-to-consumer shipping now working successfully in 37 states. The bill was introduced by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and was heard in Congress on March 18. What does beer wholesaling have to do with wine? HR 5034 […]