Friday, May 20, 2005

Do you hear what I hear?

RadioI received my new copy of Wine Maker magazine. Glancing through it, in their Must Haves section I came across "A 'must hear',". Checking out the site, I found out they have had six episodes so far; about twenty minutes of program which includes interviews with different people who are interested in wine-making, or the wine culture.

An interesting recipe for Army Worm Wine is included on one of the pages! Any one heard of that?

Monday, May 16, 2005

Good news

I was on my way to work this morning when I heard the news on NPR: The Supreme Court has ruled on wine direct shipping. The news is good for the wineries.
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned laws barring out-of-state winemakers from shipping directly to customers in Michigan and New York, potentially boosting Internet and mail-order sales in the $23 billion wine industry.

Many links became available when I received my mailing from Benson Marketing Group:

Family Wineries, Consumers Triumph in U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Supporting Wine Direct Shipping; Coalition for Free Trade Calls Win Historic (Business Wire)

Free the Grapes! National Toast Scheduled Tonight to Celebrate Supreme Court Justices' Support for Wine Direct Shipping (Business Wire)

Court rejects ban on out-of-state sales of wines (Associated Press)

Court OKs direct interstate wine sales (Reuters)

Wine-Shipping Limits Overturned by U.S. High Court (Bloomberg)

States May Not Block Out-Of-State Wine Shipments (NBC11.comnews)

Supreme Court Rules on Wine Shipping (30 Second Wine Advisor)

Texas clears hurdles preventing wine shipments by mail (San Francisco Business Times)

Texas Becomes 27th State to Allow Interstate Wine Shipping (Business Wire)

Texans can now ship wine legally (Austin American-Statesman, By Mark Lisheron)

Subscription Sites:
U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Wine-Shipping Bans (Wine Spectator, By Dana Nigro)

TX Governor Signs Bill On Direct Wine Shipping (Market Watch, By Laura Pelner ) (Ed. Note: Paid Subscription)

But a word of caution (Oklahoma Wine News):

Although the court overwhelmingly found the state wine shipping bans, such as we have here in Oklahoma, to be discriminatory and anticompetitive, their decision leaves open the possibility that state legislatures can ban both in-state and out-of-state wine shipments.