Tag Archives: Supreme Court of the United States

• Winery Reacts to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Impromptu Endorsement

Winery Reacts to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Impromptu Endorsement

A California winery is responding to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s claim that she was “not quite sober” after drinking a bottle of its wine before President Obama’s State of the Union address this year. Christopher Barefoot, vice president of public relations at Opus One Winery in Oakville, Calif., said the winery’s staff was […]

• Michigan Surrenders! Raging Bitch Beer Can Be Sold In State

Michigan Surrenders! Raging Bitch Beer Can Be Sold In State

Michigan liquor regulators have switched their position and will allow sales of a Maryland-based beer with a name that?s offensive to some people. Flying Dog Brewery has received approval to promote and sell a popular India pale ale called Raging B—- in Michigan. Julie Wendt of the Liquor Control Commission said the agency on Tuesday […]

• 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 […]

• U.S. Congressman Introduces New Act Threatening Direct Shipping

U.S. Congressman Introduces New Act Threatening Direct Shipping

House Resolution 1161 picks up where last year’s 5034 left off; can shipping opponents attract more votes this time? The fate of direct shipping of wine from wineries and retailers to consumers is once again in the hands of the U.S. Congress. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, introduced a reiteration of last year’s […]

• New Jersey: Old Judgment Threatens Consumer-Direct Wine Sales

Forgotten New Jersey case could give equal privileges to out-of-state wineries. A recent court decision regarding New Jersey wine laws could potentially threaten the rights of wineries to have satellite tasting rooms and self distribute their wines—or it could allow out-of-state wineries to have those privileges. The case seemingly rose from the dead and slipped […]

• 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 […]

• HR 5034: Who do you want to regulate your booze? An excellent analysis

HR 5034: Who do you want to regulate your booze? An excellent analysis

This article was originally posted in April. You can also learn more here. The past week has seen a great deal of conversation—panic really—in the wine corner of the blogosphere about HR 5034. “Call your Congress-critter,” you are told, “or the wine wholesalers will eat your children!” What has been lacking is an analysis of […]

• Decision favors Table Grape Commission

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has ended a 14-year federal legal battle that threatened to derail the Fresno-based California Table Grape Commission. But the commission’s legal struggles are not entirely over. A similar case challenging the organization’s constitutionality is pending at the California Supreme Court. Still, commission officials welcomed the development. The U.S. Supreme […]

• Virginia: News You Can Booze – Advertisers Want Back Into College Papers

Representatives from several advertising industry groups and student newspaper publishers are asking the Supreme Court to overturn Virginia’s state law banning alcohol ads in college newspapers, arguing that the law represents an unconstitutional restriction of First Amendment rights. While the First Amendment provides powerful ammunition to advertisers and publishers in court, if the challenge succeeds, […]

• 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 […]