That is the only conclusion that I can come to. An extremely bad week for wine. Particularly if the wine isn’t nearby.
Maryland’s efforts to reform their wine laws has failed for this year when HB 1262 died in committee. They are gearing up for next year’s fight already and if you want to help you can contact Adam Borden here.
Consumers in New York lost their effort to be able to purchase wine in grocery stores even though you can already buy beer there. This makes NO sense to me as we in Illinois can buy beer, wine and liquor in grocery stores and yet we still appear to have healthy number of liquor stores. (maybe I should take a survey of my neighborhood vs. one in NYC to show difference…)
and as finally, as Kevin pointed out yesterday, Michigan’s new, ridiculous law regarding wine shipping went into effect.
Over all? Not a good week for wine. Illinois’ proposed new law is still waiting to come back out of the rules committee and to progress. If you are interested in working to opening the Illinois wine market to outside retailers, please come join us at the Illinois Wine Consumer Coaltion (www. illinoiswineconsumers.org). Let’s make sure that consumers SOMEWHERE in the United States is free to buy the wine of their choice legally.