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Alcohol Wholesalers Like Lawsuits When They Suit Them

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010

H.R. 5034 would “take the federal judge out of making alcohol laws...the only people who should be concerned about this legislation are the people who had planned to go to federal court and sue." Paul Pisano,Vice President, Industry Affairs and...

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Beer Wholesalers--Little Boys With Skinned Knees

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010

"The law [H.R. 5034] will reinforce a 2005 Supreme Court decision, which said states can’t discriminate between in-state and out-of-state wineries in matters of direct to consumer shipping." Paul Pisano,Vice President, Industry Affairs and Counsel at National Beer Wholesalers Association...

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Alcohol Wholesalers Must Be Desperate...The Lies Begin.

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010

Are we really to believe the wholesalers when they tell us that they want to protect wine shipping rights for wineries and consumers? After they've have spent 20 years doing everything they can to stop consumers and wineries from using...

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A Peak Inside World Wine Federation Headquarters

Date: Fri, Apr 23, 2010

More ingenious, tech savvy wine lovers providing their take on the meaning of the alcohol wholesalers' moves to turn back the clock and put wine in the shadows. In this installment of "STOP HR 5034" the good folks at Gramercy...

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Wine Wholesalers Push For Deregulation With H.R. 5034

Date: Thu, Apr 22, 2010

As the three tier system's traditional structures failed to address a growing consumer demand for fine and artisan wines, one of the most important points wineries and retailers regularly made is that they would willingly accept significantly increased levels of...

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Wine Marketing Rule #3: Talk To Your Customer

Date: Wed, Apr 21, 2010

Recently in Washington State at TASTE Washington I gave a talk on ""THE TEN THINGS EVERY SMALL WINERY MUST KNOW TO MARKET IN TODAY'S WINE MARKETING UNIVERSE." That talk was summarized in an earlier blog post here at FERMENTATION. This...

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The Video That Explains H.R. 5034's Danger For Wine Lovers

Date: Wed, Apr 21, 2010

Do you have a blog? Do you have a web site? Do you have any digital venue where this video, produced by Vintuba TV, can be linked to? Are you a wine lover too? And do you despair the consequences...

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Legal Analysis of Wholesalers Shameful Bill To Stop Wine Shipping

Date: Mon, Apr 19, 2010

The alcohol wholesalers recent success in getting H.R. 5034 introduced in the House of Representatives is a straightforward effort to turn back the clock on a well-regulated, problem-free direct shipment of wine and to completely exclude all wine shipments across...

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What You Must Know About the Bill To End Wine Shipping

Date: Mon, Apr 19, 2010

H.R. 5034, a bill that will severely restrict your ability to access or ship fine wine, has been introduced into into the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. It must be opposed by those who enjoy fine wine, those who...

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Stop H.R. 5034—The Anti-Consumer Wine Bill

Date: Sat, Apr 17, 2010

House Resolution 5034 is by far the most audacious attempt ever by America's beer, wine and spirit wholesalers to takeover complete and total control of the country's alcohol beverage market and, in the process, create circumstances in all fifty states...

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Rating Wine Distributors: It's About Time

Date: Fri, Apr 16, 2010

I've been accused of being a "Distrib utor Basher". My retort to that accusation is that while I have bashed distributors, it's not a chronic condition with me any more than bashing White Zinfandel is a chronic problem. I have...

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Wine Marketing Rule #2: LISTEN TO THE CONVERSATION

Date: Thu, Apr 15, 2010

Recently in Washington State at TASTE Washington I gave a talk on ""THE TEN THINGS EVERY SMALL WINERY MUST KNOW TO MARKET IN TODAY'S WINE MARKETING UNIVERSE." That talk was summarized in an earlier blog post here at FERMENTATION. This...

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Small Winery Marketing Rule #1: Know Thy Self

Date: Wed, Apr 14, 2010

Late last month I appeared at a seminar at TASTE Washington in which I outlined for those in attendance, "THE TEN THINGS EVERY SMALL WINERY MUST KNOW TO MARKET IN TODAY'S WINE MARKETING UNIVERSE." This talk led to a blog...

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It's Getting Worse and Not Likely To Get Better Soon

Date: Tue, Apr 13, 2010

M. Shanken's IMPACT Magazine reports today that the six distributors of wine & spirits in the United States control more than 50% of all sales of wine and spirits in this country. By this time next year you can almost...

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