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Monday 15 August 2011
They’ve sold more than 200 million albums worldwide and now rock band AC/DC is moving into the wine industry.
The group has teamed up with Australian winery Warburn Estate to release a range of AC/DC wines in national retailer Woolworths this week.
The range includes wines named after its greatest hits including Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato, according to Australian Associated Press.
Source: Fox News
By: Angela Logomasini
Date: September 29, 2010
The quest by wine and beer wholesalers to maintain their “middleman” role within the liquor industry is simply bad news. A bill making its way through the House (H.R. 5034) sponsored by Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) supports wholesalers’ promises to limit consumer choice and disadvantage retailers, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and importers.
The topic is the subject of hearings before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee today. Not surprisingly, wholesalers hope this legislation will protect the “three-tier system” for distribution of alcohol, which nearly all states impose. The system requires that alcohol producers (wineries, distillers, brewers, and importers) sell only to wholesalers, who in turn market the products to retailers. It thereby bans any mutually beneficial sales between retailers (wine shops, restaurants, etc) and wineries or other producers that could enhance product selection and save money for consumers.
H.R. 5034 strikes back against market liberalization that the Supreme Court fostered with its ruling in Granholm v. Heald. In that case, the Court ruled that laws in Michigan and New York violated the Constitution’s Commerce Clause. The laws essentially banned shipments from out-of-state wineries to New York and Michigan residents, but allowed the wineries in those states to ship wine. The court held that any such regulations must apply equally to in-state and out-of-state businesses.
Since then, many states have begun allowing direct-to-consumer wine shipping. Richard Mendelson, wine lawyer and author of “From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America,” notes: “Within two and half years of ‘Granholm,’ eleven states had leveled up, and none had leveled down completely. Those states had to open their borders to all direct shipping or close them entirely.” This increased freedom has been a boon to consumers who otherwise would have fewer options. It also helps wineries who have trouble marketing specialty products in a world of increasing competition and consolidation among wholesalers.
But the logic of “Granholm” should also apply to retailers, who are now fighting in federal courts for the right to skip the wholesaler tier. The nation’s largest wine retailer-Costco-has gained a partial victory in Washington state and is helping advance a ballot initiative there that would basically break Washington state’s three-tier mandates.
Wholesalers fear the spread of such deregulation. “Direct-to-consumer shipments will never drive a wholesaler out of business, but the deregulation it is fostering will,” noted Craig Wolf of the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America in a 2007 issue of The American. Accordingly, wholesalers have been spending millions in PAC donations to members of Congress, pushing them to pass H.R. 5034. The bill would exercise Congress’s constitutional power to regulate commerce by explicitly allowing states to impose regulations would otherwise violate the Commerce Clause.
As introduced, the bill would have allowed states to pass pretty much any regulation they desired, but a scaled-down substitute version that Rep. Delahunt is expected to offer today remains problematic. Tom Wark of the Specialty Wine Retailers Association points out that this draft opens the door to a host of directly discriminatory state regulations focused on retailers, which could ultimately limit consumers’ online buying options.
But consumers who buy direct from wineries or breweries should remain concerned. In addition to curbing freedoms for retailers, the new draft could also bolster state laws that indirectly discriminate against producers. In other words, it might allow discriminatory tax policies or other regulations that would make direct shipping less viable.
Not only is this legislation bad for consumer freedom, it isn’t necessary to “save” the wholesaler business. Wholesalers will not disappear without a mandated three-tier system. In fact, wholesalers do well in places like California and Washington, D.C. where there are no such mandates. Wholesalers exist because they provide a valuable service in getting products to market-but they should have to compete for their place like everyone else.
A key reason the founders drafted the Constitution was to prevent trade impediments between states and maximize individual freedom. Using Congress’s authority under the Commerce Clause to impede commerce simply to serve one-special interest is pure folly.
Angela Logomasini, Ph.D. in American Politics, is a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Off-premise wine sales data increased 2.2 percent from the same period last year in the four weeks ending June 26 according to The Nielsen Company-tracked data. In the 13 weeks ending June 26, sales were up 3.1 percent.
Domestic wine sales increased 3.6 percent while imported wine sales declined 1.3 percent in the 4 weeks ending June 26. In the 13 weeks ending in the same period, domestic sales increased 4.8 percent while imported wine decreased 1.2 percent.
Most of the growth took place in the over $20 price segment, which increased 14.6 percent in the 4 weeks and 12.3 percent in the 13 weeks ending June 26. Segments showing modertate growth include the $9-11.99, $12-14.99 and $15-19.99 price points.
Wine sales in the $0-2.99 and $6-8.99 price points declined in June. In the 4 weeks ending June 26, wine sales fell 2.7 percent in the $0-2.99 price segment and fell 3.6 percent in the $6-8.99 category.
Source: WineBusiness.com July 10th
Off-premise wine sales data increased 2.2 percent from the same period last year in the four weeks ending June 26 according to The Nielsen Company-tracked data. In the 13 weeks ending June 26, sales were up 3.1 percent.Domestic wine sales increased 3.6 percent while imported wine sales declined 1.3 percent in the 4 weeks ending June 26. In the 13 weeks ending in the same period, domestic sales increased 4.8 percent while imported wine decreased 1.2 percent.Most of the growth took place in the over $20 price segment, which increased 14.6 percent in the 4 weeks and 12.3 percent in the 13 weeks ending June 26. Segments showing modertate growth include the $9-11.99, $12-14.99 and $15-19.99 price points.Wine sales in the $0-2.99 and $6-8.99 price points declined in June. In the 4 weeks ending June 26, wine sales fell 2.7 percent in the $0-2.99 price segment and fell 3.6 percent in the $6-8.99 category.
The tourism bureau in Tennessee is hoping to attract visitors with a moonshine trail. An alternative to wine tastings and brewery tours the self-guided driving trail along the old moonshine route allows tourists to visit historic sites. You cannot drink the 100-proof moonshine on the trail so it is recommended to end your tour at Calhoun’s-Bearded Hill microbrewery. The 200-mile trail celebrates the state’s moonshine past.
Route 60 Liquor store recently opened and is home to more cold beer than any other store in the area. The store has a “beer cave”, an 800-square-foot walk-in cooler, that holds popular packs, cases and kegs of beer. The beer cave is kept at 35 degrees. Along with it’s wide variety of domestic, import and craft beers Route 60 Liquor also sells wine and liquor.