Wine Lovers Beware!June 03, 2011 Posted by: William Stevens
Your right to receive the wine of your choice directly fromthe winery is being seriously threatened.
As advocates for entrepreneurs, innovation, small businessgrowth and the free markets that allow our clients to prosper, we opposepending legislation being driven by mega wholesalers and distributors of winethat would limit small wineries’ ability to sell to a national audience. Today, there is Congressional support for abill, known as H.R. 1161 — the Community Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness(CARE) Act — which would allow states to dismantle consumers’ rights topurchase wine directly from wineries.
If passed into law, H.R. 1161 would eliminate theconstitutional protections of the Commerce Clause and allow states to discriminateagainst out-of-state wine producers. Under the bill, states would be freeto mandate that wine be sold only through wholesalers. It is worth noting thatwholesalers carry wines from only 17 percent of U.S. wineries, and certainly not the small,boutique wineries we are surrounded by in Northern California, Oregon andWashington.
In addition to increasing prices and limiting selection,particularly for small boutique wines, this bill would put limitations on agrowth industry that provides 1.1 million jobs nationwide, contributes $162billion to the U.S. economy, pays $33 billion in wages and contributes $17billion in state and federal taxes annually.
If you care about free trade, economic growth, a consumer’sright to choose, and your right to order wine directly from wineries, weencourage you to speak up in opposition to this pending legislation and writeto your congressional representatives.
What you can do:
Write to your Congresspeople. It isimportant that members of Congress from all across the country hear fromconsumers as to why H.R. 1161 is bad for them.Visit Free the Grapesto learn more about H.R. 1161 and sendan automated letter right now. Free the Grapes is a consumer group, whichwas originally started by the Napa Valley Vintners to advocate on behalf ofconsumers and to reduce shipping regulation for wine.Forward this to people you knowwho love wine and ask them to...Read More