Daily Wine News: Hope for Mass.?

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-23-2011

Gov. Deval Patrick.

Some hope for Massachusetts. Yesterday, Gov. Deval Patrick “may have inadvertently revived an issue that has flummoxed Bay State policymakers for years, lending support to a bill that would permit Massachusetts consumers to order direct wine shipments from out of state.”

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, “all the pieces appear to be in place for direct shipping to finally become law.”

In Slate, Mark Garrison profiles Greg Engert, the beer director at DC hotspot Birch & Barley, and contends that beer deserves the same kind of expertise as wine.

Domaine Faiveley has been on a roll. The reason? According to Dr. Vino, it’s the arrival of the young Erwan Faiveley at the helm.

In Washington, a Superior Court judge has rejected a request to temporarily halt  implementation of the November initiative to privatize state liquor sales while he decides whether it’s constitutional. Wines & Vines has more.

Elsewhere in Wines & Vines, Merry Edward denounces the expansion of the Russian River Valley AVA.

Joe Roberts thinks that the “ultimate holiday gift for the wine lover on your list is wine from ‘someplace else.’” I agree.

“If you don’t want to pass the great bottles, better to save them for smaller occasions with the oenophiles than create a caste system of worthy and unworthy cousins.” In the New York Times, Social Q’s addresses the question that many wine geeks have pondered.

Comments (2)

  1. Completely random but an interesting article from the July 1980 Washington Dossier on wine cellars in washington. Its on Pg 18. http://www.slideshare.net/da3nyc/wd-october-1980-complete

  2. Really happy to see the NJ bill move forward. I work in consumer advocacy on an an entirely different issue, but I’ve definitely been pushing this where possible. It’s interesting — the wholesalers and distributors spent a lot of money, yes — but I think they were really able to push the narrative that “direct shipping will hurt NJ small businesses” because of a fundamental misunderstanding of the wine consumer. The local liquor store whose top seller is Barefoot or Yellowtail — this will not effect them at all, but I think some folks were convinced that it would. As a wine consumer, I know that it would be ridiculous to buy Barefoot from the winery, and that no one in their right mind would do so. But a lot of people don’t — and I think any successful campaign for consumer-friendly wine laws has to begin by getting legislators to understand exactly who the wine consumer is. Kudos to NJ.