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Introduction to CARE Act Series

HR 1161 (The Community Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act)—formerly known as HR 5034, is one of the most important pieces of alcohol-related legislation introduced into Congress in many years…as well as one of the most divisive. If passed, the bill would provide the states with greater authority, granted directly by Congress, to regulate the sale and distribution of alcohol, including beer, spirits and wine.

No piece of legislation, either in the various state legislatures or in Washington, has generated so much discussion (and hyperbole) within the wine industry. Because of the flood of claims, counter claims, misinformation and because of the importance of this issue to every tier, we thought it was important to get all views on the table for the industry to see, evaluate and discuss.

Over the course of the next few weeks, you will hear from people directly involved in helping pass or defeat HR 1161 as well as other industry experts. We believe that the best path to understanding the issues behind HR 1161 is to hear from those that are close to the issues.

If you oppose HR 1161, you are bound to read ideas you disagree with. The same goes for those of you who support the bill. We think that is good and this is in fact our motivation for delivering this series of guest posts by industry leaders involved in the debate over the CARE Act.

We hope that upon reading the coming posts on this issue, you will join into a discussion. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the coming series of posts concerning HR 1161 or have an additional contributor you believe ought to be given the opportunity to be heard on the issue: (jeff) (at) (

To find all posts in this series, please click here.


  1. Terroirist » Daily Wine News: Drinking Like It’s 1993 - [...] the ShipCompliant blog launched a forum for “people directly involved in helping pass or defeat HR 1161″ to offer their …

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