Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Indiana Shipping Shut Down

I am sure others have reported on this and can tear apart the arguments but my take on the final bill is that Indiana wineries have lost the ability to ship to customers and to sell direct to restaurants and retailers. Some wineries will not survive. The picture is from the Butler Winery and Vineyards web-site which has an entire section on the "Shipping Legislation" proclaiming "Indiana wineries fight for their lives."

I missed this one in Indiana (and I read that Kentucky is on the verge of doing the same thing), but I am getting the sense that more states are shutting down all shipping versus opening up markets for consumers. Tom, what is the scorecard after the Supreme Court decision to strike down the shipping regulations? Are more states opening up their markets or are more states shutting down all shipping?


Blogger jens at cincinnati wine said...

PS: Bill 1190 passed the House but still needs to get through the state Senate and more committees before it is law. Marcia Oddi from the Indian Law Blog was nice enough to correct me here. But stay tuned!

Wineries and Wine Lovers should contact their State Reps if they care.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous MikeH said...

Jens, I have seen reports that the press has finally detected the stench coming from the capital on this one. IIRC, same sort of timeline in Michigan.....lobbyists bribe their way to a wholesaler/distributor-friendly bill, then the press embarasses everyone in favor of it. We'll have to wait to see if the final outcome is like Michigan. Somehow I doubt it. Outside of Indy, there probably isn't any bottle of wine more expensive than $5 in the entire state.

12:08 AM  

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