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!