Toasting the 15th anniversary of the 2005 ruling in Granholm v. Heald, we are posting this #TBT gem taken on the steps of the US. Supreme Court immediately following the oral arguments on December 7, 2004.
January 11, 2019 2018: YEAR IN REVIEW On January 3, Free the Grapes! and Wine Institute presented a status update on FTG actions to the public policy committee of the Napa Valley Vintners. We want to share highlights from that meeting because it provided a good overview of the role of Free the Grapes!, where we […]
November 7, 2018 NEW JERSEY PRESS CONFERENCE LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE CAPACITY CAP Free the Grapes! launched its campaign in Trenton on October 17 with a successful press conference to support two favorable bills that would remove the 250k gallon capacity cap. TV, radio and print media outlets covered the issue, including local nightly […]
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 […]
Wholesalers and retailers have a new boogeyman to scare legislators. It’s called Amazon. And in a few states they are conflating the so-called “Amazon effect” to prevent the expansion of consumer choice with winery direct shipping. The only problem is that it fails the simplest fact checking. Here’s how they use the story line: They […]
If you are a winery, this may seem like a basic question. Doesn’t everyone know that DTC shipments are made from a licensed business – such as a winery licensee or a retailer licensee – through a common carrier to an adult consumer? Well, no. Outside the wine industry, the definition gets cloudy, the implications […]