Don’t California my Ireland

By |2023-05-30T01:40:44+00:00May 30th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


California is notorious for implementing business regulations that make no sense. These regulations are costly for market participants and raise the cost to do business there. This once great state is seeing something I thought unimaginable in my lifetime, more native-born people leaving than entering the state.

I guess unaware of this trend, my father’s country […]

The FTC’s Liquor Hobson’s Choice

By |2023-05-19T02:44:03+00:00May 19th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


The FTC, which set its sights on Southern Wine and Spirits is now requesting information from Total Wine and More (Total). Total according to, objected to a civil investigative demand from the FTC on numerous grounds. The FTC is requesting voluminous amounts of data on Total’s dealings with distributors. There has been no indication […]

Blue Cloud must be striking fear into people

By |2023-05-04T20:11:16+00:00May 4th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|



Blue Cloud by its simple presence is sending tremors through the liquor establishment. Nothing demonstrates this more than the rush of legislation to attack them directly.

In Illinois, my state of expertise, two bills seem inspired by this new Blue Cloud phenomenon.

SB2433 deals mainly with non-alcohol merchandise being involved in the sale of alcohol. The […]

Lina Khan’s dangerous liaison into alcohol, it is not just about Southern

By |2023-04-02T18:11:32+00:00April 2nd, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


“Those who attempt to level, never equalize.” The great Irish philosopher Edmund Burke.

Many in the industry may be delighted by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirts (Southern) becoming the target of a FTC investigation, but before drawing your conclusion, one should think about what the implications of the FTC’s action are and […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer to be on VinePair Podcast tomorrow at 7:30 eastern

By |2023-03-23T21:36:21+00:00March 23rd, 2023|Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press|


Irish Liquor Lawyer will be on the VinePair Podcast at 7:30 a.m. eastern time tomorrow discussing the RNDC and Sazerac divorce that has made it to court.

We will cover the dirty laundry from the filings and the great implications on the liquor field. Tune in tomorrow for an informative and entertaining discussion of a […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer responds to WSWA’s response to VinoShipper, Blake Gray, Lettie Teague and all things DTC shipping

By |2023-03-12T02:32:08+00:00March 12th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|

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The Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) recently penned a piece that tears into supporters of DTC shipping. Specifically, Steven Harrison of VinoShipper, Blake Gray of and Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal drew the ire of WSWA.

WSWA concludes the opinions […]

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