We’ve been known to get upset over local legislation regarding vineyards/wineries, but these days we’re getting upset at a national level. House bill HR 5034, The Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act of 2010, is under consideration by the judiciary committee. The short version is that this bill is about (further) restricting wine shipping and is bad for small wineries which makes it bad for Virginia wine. This is not about “protecting the children;” this is about hurting small businesses so big businesses can get an even bigger piece of the pie.
You can much more detailed and insightful takes on it from Tom Wark over at fermentation here, here, and here. You can also read Alder Yarrow’s (Vinography) take here and Tyler Colman’s (aka Dr. Vino) take here (along with a great threat meter). Wine Spectator has also gotten into the act.
It’s time to get our outrage on and snark at a national level!
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