New Jersey’s Free the Grapes! campaign launched October 17 with a press conference at the Trenton State House. The conference included national leaders of the effort and generated substantial media coverage.
Press Coverage included:
- NJ 101.5 Radio, New Jersey
- WPVI-TV ABC Philadelphia (2 segments)
- WTXF-TV FOX Philadelphia (see video file above)
- WWOR-TV FOX New York
- WHYY Radio PBS, Philadelphia
- Politifax New Jersey
- Insider New Jersey
- KWY Radio, Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Business Journal
New Jersey is one of only two states that limit consumer choice by allowing some wineries — but not others — to ship their wine based solely on how much they produce a vintage. Arbitrarily, New Jersey law today imposes a “capacity cap” that bans wineries producing more than 250,000 gallons a year from direct-shipping to consumers in the state. Under the Free the Grapes measures, there would no longer be a capacity cap. The shipping privileges for wineries under the cap, which includes all of New Jersey’s producers, would not be affected as they already can ship directly to New Jersey consumers.
To read the full press release on the October 17 event, click here.