Making Sense of Puzzling Wine Shipping Laws

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This program features a conversation with David White, the founder and editor of Terroirist.com, a daily wine blog. A wine writer in Washington DC, David’s work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Reuters. He is a 2011 fellowship winner from Symposium for Professional Wine Writers and a graduate of Yale University.

David is extremely well-versed in current state wine shipping laws and impending legislation with regard to these laws. Sounds boring, but we learned plenty and had a few laughs along the way.

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7 Responses to “Making Sense of Puzzling Wine Shipping Laws”


  1. 1 Douglas Trapasso Apr 3rd, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    An independent detective named Julian Assange has Big Media scrambling because he is able to acquire information those experienced “journalists” cannot.

    An unknown teenager named Rebecca Black has music industry execs scratching their heads asking “How can such a bad song get that much attention?”

    Work with me here, maybe small wineries need to think small and not marry one of the BIG SIX distributors.

    The missing piece of this very thorough interview is just how hard is it to form a distributorship? If you are involved even tangentially with a restaurant or winery, are you prohibited from entering the distribution circle at all? Is every member of your family?

    Perfect world: Mom and Pop wineries work with M and P distributors who work with M and P restaurants and retailers.

    And wineries who have learned through trial and error how to self-distribute should offer their advice and infrastructure to other small wineries that could use their help.

  2. 2 Robert Davis Apr 6th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I’ve listened to most of the show so far. Quite informative. Here in Maryland we are on the verge of passing a shipping bill after 11 years of trying. We’re close but there’s still room for something to go wrong.

    I think the real motivation wholesalers have in opposing direct shipping is not to get that last 2-3% of revenue but to make sure their tier handles all alcohol passing through states. Once they begin to lose control of any amount of product regardless of how small that will be the beginning of their end.

    Heck, if we can pass a shipping bill and raise alcohol taxes for the first time since 1972 for beer/wine and spirits since the 1950′s anything is possible. These two facts show you how much control the entrenched interests have purchased in Annapolis. Eventually our arguments carried the day.

  3. 3 Bob Davis Apr 9th, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I finished it. By the way, Maryland has a special license for wine writers to receive shipments. You have to submit samples of your week and then they deem you worthy of the license. When they instituted it the head of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax unit at the time personally told Mr. Parker he would never receive a shipment under this license. That guy was a nasty, hateful person who should have never been given any kind of power over anyone.

  4. 4 quà tặng Dec 20th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    An independent detective named Julian Assange has Big Media scrambling because he is able to acquire information those experienced “journalists” cannot.

    An unknown teenager named Rebecca Black has music industry execs scratching their heads asking “How can such a bad song get that much attention?”

    Work with me here, maybe small wineries need to think small and not marry one of the BIG SIX distributors.

    The missing piece of this very thorough interview is just how hard is it to form a distributorship? If you are involved even tangentially with a restaurant or winery, are you prohibited from entering the distribution circle at all? Is every member of your family?

    Perfect world: Mom and Pop wineries work with M and P distributors who work with M and P restaurants and retailers.

    And wineries who have learned through trial and error how to self-distribute should offer their advice and infrastructure to other small wineries that could use their help…

  5. 5 tổ chức sự kiện Dec 20th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    An independent detective named Julian Assange has Big Media scrambling because he is able to acquire information those experienced “journalists” cannot.

    An unknown teenager named Rebecca Black has music industry execs scratching their heads asking “How can such a bad song get that much attention?”

    Work with me here, maybe small wineries need to think small and not marry one of the BIG SIX distributors.

    The missing piece of this very thorough interview is just how hard is it to form a distributorship? If you are involved even tangentially with a restaurant or winery, are you prohibited from entering the distribution circle at all? Is every member of your family?

    Perfect world: Mom and Pop wineries work with M and P distributors who work with M and P restaurants and retailers.

    And wineries who have learned through trial and error how to self-distribute should offer their advice and infrastructure to other small wineries that could use their help

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