Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Proposed Federal Bill Could End Direct-To-Consumer Wine Sales

As many of you may know, there's a bill currently in Congress (H.R. 5034) which could end Direct-To-Consumer wine sales.
What does this mean to you?
Well, think of it this way. You go to California, drink some delicious wine and decide to take a bottle back home. Once you're at home you share that bottle of vino with you friends and they all like it too.
So the obvious comes to mind. You want to go to your local store to buy another one. But it turns out that none of the local wine shops in your area have that vino. After you freak out, you go on to the winery's website and try to purchase that vino you love so much. But guess what...
If H.R. 5034 is debated and passed, the chance of you being able to purchase that vino will be small.
Back to the legislation itself:
The way it's being sold to consumers is by verbiage that "prevents children and minors" from accessing the vino.
It is titled the "Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act."
However, the real idea here is that the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA)of America has lobbied plenty of money into Federal legislators hands. It is to their benefit that people don't purchase vino online.
The NBWA is clearly worried that their portion of the market will dramatically drop.

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Please wine responsibly, and as always, Salud!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ah, Miami (And South Florida) Here Are Some Wine Thoughts...

Well, South Florida it has been a while since I officially did one of these ranting posts. Here it is.
First and foremost, I'd like to thank all of the Vino lovers out there who continue to support and provide us with great feedback via iVinoMiami.com
We continue to strive for more and are destined to be the new go-to source for all the South Florida wine information. As you might have seen in the last few weeks, we have undergone some major changes and are continuing to build on what we do best. Stick around for more exciting things to come!

As of late, I've been pondering on how Vino has really taking over and is being indulged by the average American consumer. It is no longer seen as a drink for the "wealthy" the "well-off" or the "educated." I think more and more Americans, regardless of where they fall on the economic scale, are starting to understand that Wine is a beverage which should be enjoyed over conversations and the exchange of ideas. It is not an alcoholic drink that you should be taken down in 2 minutes or in the span of what it takes to bring down a shot.

What we all must continue to do is introduce others to this wonderful beverage. Teach them and tell them to not be scared. It's simply wine.

I ask you now. How did you first break into Vino? Was it a family member which introduced you to it? A Friend? Tell us your story. We'll pick the best one and post it on this blog!


Please wine responsibly, and as always, Salud!