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    Posts from the California Category

    Terroir in Court

    By R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel

    For the first time in post-Granholm legal maneuvering, a court has recognized the geographic distinctiveness of wine as a factor in applying the “level playing field” requirement. Kentucky is one of about eight states that responded to Granholm by authorizing only on-site sales. The argument by the wholesalers and their allies in favor of that [...]

    October 2nd, 2006

    Family Winemakers sues Massachusetts over capacity cap

    By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

    In the previous post, we mention that a group sued Arizona over the discriminatory nature of their 20,000 gallon capacity cap. Now, the Family Winemakers of California, a group representing over 740 small and medium sized wineries, is suing the State of Massachusetts for the same reason. Paul Kronenberg, President of Family Winemakers, said the [...]

    September 19th, 2006

    New laws take effect in four states on July 1st

    By Jeff Carroll - VP of Compliance, ShipCompliant

    Hello again, back in the swing of things after a nice two week break. We’ve seen some big developments in the world of wine direct shipping over the last two weeks that we’ll look at in more detail over the next few weeks. July 1st is a huge day for direct shippers as new laws [...]

    June 25th, 2006

    Dropping the Second Shoe

    By R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel

    Recent lawsuits in California, following the preliminary consent decree in Texas, bring home the second major implication of Granholm. The Supreme Court opinion of May 2005 told us that a state may not allow its own wineries to sell directly to consumers if it excludes out-of-state wineries. Its first implication �that states allowing their own [...]

    June 19th, 2006

    The broader effects of Costco

    By R. Corbin Houchins, Beverage Industry Counsel

    I. Discrimination against Direct Distribution from Outside the State There seems little doubt that Costco�s reading of Granholm will survive appeal. Nothing appeared in the Costco record to distinguish direct shipment of beer and wine to retailers from direct shipment of wine to consumers. Most states with wine industries allow local wineries some form of [...]

    May 1st, 2006