Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Foundation launches a new effort – Free My Drink – which aims to end state-controlled liquor sales. Its “top 13 reasons to get government out of the booze biz” is fantastic.
Joe Roberts takes issue with Tom Wark’s recent claim that “we are living in the Golden Age of Wine Writing and the Golden Age of Wine Writing Talent,” and praises Gerald Asher’s A Vineyard In My Glass.
In a fantastic post, Tom Wark explains why interstate retailer-to-consumer shipping is so important. “[It’s] an important market-based tool for adjusting the gargantuanly inefficient distribution patterns brought on by the three-tier system. Retailer-to-consumer shipping across state lines moves fine wine from markets where its demand is less into those markets where its demand is greater. The three-tier system is incapable of efficiently doing this because wholesalers in one state can’t move wine into other states’ markets.” For the record, just 14 states currently allow out-of-state retailers to legally ship wine to their residents.