It sucks to be a wine consumer in Massachusetts.
The state bans winery- and retailer-to consumer shipping. It prohibits supermarket wine sales. Corkage hardly exists – restaurants are only allowed to offer BYO if they don’t have a liquor license.
It’s no wonder why Massachusetts ranked 43rd – and received an “F” – in the American Wine Consumer Coalition’s 2013 report grading states on the consumer friendliness of local wine laws.
Eighty years after the end of Prohibition, Bay State consumers still live under archaic laws that disregard their interests and enrich special-interest groups.
Yesterday in Wine Industry Insight, Lewis Perdue brought attention to a shocking story which shows the stunning influence of Bay State liquor wholesalers.
The Boston Wine Expo takes place next weekend. It’s a huge event — about 20,000 people are expected to attend. The Expo rented booths to Xfinity, the Aruba Tourism Authority, Ameriprise, and a host of companies selling wine and wine-related products.
But they’ve barred the American Wine Consumer Coalition from attending.
The reason? The AWCC would tell consumers about HR 249, a bill that’ll make it easier to access wine via direct shipment. If it passes, it’ll impact wholesalers’ profits. So expo director James Carmody and his allies are trying to keep consumers in the dark.
This is insane. Please spread this story far and wide and urge your friends in Massachusetts to get involved. They can write the media, write their representatives, and raise a ruckus.
HR 249, introduced by Rep.Theodore Speliotis, would finally allow consumers to have wine shipped to their home from out of state wineries. But as written, it would keep the prohibition on shipments from out-of-state retailers. To express your support – and urge him to amend the bill to also allow consumers to purchase wines from out-of-state retailers — send him an email at Theodore.Speliotis@mahouse.gov.
Again, please spread the word!