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Oct 21, 2018

This is an enormous moment that could improve the lives of wine drinkers in the U.S. and have great effects for importers, distributors, and wine lovers who live in/represent winemaking nations!!

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to take on the question of whether or not citizens can receive shipments of wine from retailers anywhere in the US. Guest Tom Wark, Executive Director of the National Association of Wine Retailers (, tells us the how, why, & the implications for everyone from importers to drinkers.

THIS IS NOT a partisan, political podcast. Sadly, members of all political parties have reasons for denying us the right to have wine shipped to us. We only talk about the ramifications for consumers and retailers, we do not discuss red v. blue. 


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Here are the show notes:

  1. We discuss the Graholm case and why it didn’t resolve the question of retailer shipping to consumers in 2005. Then wevdiscuss Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Byrd and what we hope changes with this decision to be rendered this spring! 
  2. We use Michigan as an example of how the current system of allowing states to block interstate wine shipping has failed wine lovers.
  3. We talk about the significance of the US Supreme Court taking n wine, again.
  4. I ask Tom the million dollar question: Does interstate shipping of wine actually harm local retailer business?
  5. Tom talks about what’s going on behind the scenes. We speculate:
    • What is the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) preparing in their fight 
    • What states are doing to prepare for this case 
  6. We talk about the big question: Are most retailers in favor or against open shipping laws?
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