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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Wine Wars Update

Apparently Illinois is going to pass a new law that enshrines wine distributor monopolies. From Todd Zywicki:

A bill in Springfield, backed by a major distributors' group, would restrict Illinois wineries' right to sell wine over the Internet, through the mail or by telephone. Distributors say the bill is necessary in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year -- and to prevent sales to minors. But Illinois wine-makers say distributors are trying to choke competition.

"It would be a disaster for the Illinois wineries," said Fred Koehler, president of Lynfred Winery in Roselle. "It's like Goliath against these little farm wineries that are trying to survive."

Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois, a Springfield-based industry group, pushed the legislation, introduced in the House and Senate earlier this month. ABDI Executive Vice President Bill Olson said the state's wineries have used a loophole to escape regulation. The wine bill "hits a middle ground," Olson said.

The argument that restricting internet wine sales somehow prevents underage drinking is and has always been completely asinine. This is protectionism, pure and simple.

For more on Wisconsin's Beer Wars, click here, here, and here.


  • $124 already! I only got $80 for freaking Johnny Bench.

    By Blogger Mike, at 8:02 AM  

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