On Wine Shipping Coming to Massachusetts—A Report

On Tuesday, November 12 the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection held hearings in Boston on H.294, a bill that addresses the issue of direct shipment of wine. In the wake of those hearings, we can report the following on the effort to give MA wine consumers access to wine via direct shipment.

AT THE HEARINGS
The… READ MORE

AWCC Testimony on Massachusetts Direct Shipping

TESTIMONY PROVIDED BY AWCC TO THE
JOINT COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION
ON DIRECT WINE SHIPPING IN MASSACHUSETTS AND H294

November 12, 2013 • Boston, Massachusetts

Mr. Chairman, Committee Members.

My name is Tom Wark. I’m the executive director of the American Wine Consumer Coalition. The AWCC is a member supported advocacy organization that works to advance the interests of wine consumers across the country… READ MORE

Take Action on Massachusetts Wine Shipping Bill

Massachusetts lawmakers will hold a hearing on Direct Wine Shipping in Massachusetts on Tuesday, November 12 at 1pm in the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection. IT IS CRITICAL THAT MA RESIDENTS INTERESTED IN SEEING DIRECT WINE SHIPPING LEGALIZED IN MA TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY.

Below is good advice on what you can do to help get a good wine shipping bill passed in MA if you can’t attend the… READ MORE

Hidden Assault on Wine Consumers From Obscure and Archaic Laws

When wine consumers ponder the various ways state laws conspire against them, they most commonly identify laws that make it illegal to have wines shipped to them from out of state or laws that prohibit the purchase of wine in grocery stores or laws that prohibit them from carrying one of their own, special wines into a restaurant to… READ MORE

Putting the Wine Consumer In Charge

One would have to admit to experiencing a spell of brute naïveté to imagine, even for brief moment, that the business and politics of wine might be organized around something other than a powerful, moneyed, manipulative class of interests. Reason, reality and history blunt that idea.

So, let’s not think it.

Instead, let’s imagine a business and politics… READ MORE

The Move To Help Pennsylvania Wine Consumers (Video)

The State of Pennsylvania is in he midst of giving serious consideration to how it can change its laws concerning access to alcohol. The state of Pennsylvania is the only retailer of wine in the state. One must go to wine stores run by the state to pick up your bottle of Cab, Pinot, Chard or any other wine you want. This is bad for competition, selection and pricing. Additionally… READ MORE

New York Should Bring Wine Consumers Into The Legal Mix

It is too often the case that consumers are never invited to the table when laws and regulations are under consideration. Instead, only “industry” stakeholders get the invite to sit at the table. This tendency ignores the fact that with nearly every wine-related law that is passed and with nearly all wine regulations, it is consumers that are most impacted… READ MORE

Top Ten Friendly and Unfriendly States for Wine Consumers

What are the 10 most friendly states for wine consumers? Which are the 10 least friendly states for wine consumers?

The American Wine Consumer Coalition’s recently released report grading the states on on how friendly their wine laws are to consumers answers these questions. You can find the 50+ page report here. In the mean time, here is the… READ MORE

Help Pass Direct Wine Shipping in Pennsylvania

AWCC’S POSITION ON PENNSYLVANIA DIRECT SHIPPING BILL HB 121:
SUPPORT—WITH AMENDMENTS

Currently, Pennsylvania ranks as the most restrictive, most burdensome and most anti-consumer state for wine lovers. Not only does the state ban all direct to consumer shipments of wine and ban the convenience of purchasing wine in a grocery store, but also the state maintains a… READ MORE

ALERT—Bring Direct Wine Shipping To Pennsylvania Consumers

Bring Direct Wine Shipping to Pennsylvania Consumers

HB 121—AWCC SUPPORTS—with Amendments
If passed as currently written, HB 121 would allow Pennsylvania residents to order wine directly from out-of-state wineries for delivery to their home.

IMPACT
Currently, Pennsylvanian wine consumers suffer under the most restrictive and anti-consumer laws in the United States. Part of that anti-consumer environment stems from the fact that wine shipments from both out… READ MORE