Irish Liquor Lawyer in Wine Spectator

By |2023-12-28T19:11:32+00:00December 28th, 2023|Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press|


What a great way to finish off the year. Great to be part of Wine Spectator’s fantastic piece on the new lawsuit challenging California’s law that allows its wineries to sell directly to retailers, but denies this same privilege to out-of-state wineries.  The piece includes two direct quotes from me.

“From a legal perspective, these […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer’s Tequila Brand recognized in Best Spirits award for 2023

By |2023-12-18T02:10:19+00:00December 18th, 2023|Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press|


I am honored to announce that a brand in which I hold a distinct ownership interest is recognized in the 50 Best Spirits list of 2023.

Vinepair comes up with a list each year of the best spirits across all different categories. Thousands of bottles are tasted and only the elite few make the cut.

El […]

Wisconsin is determined to impose a back door ban on wine shipping

By |2023-12-18T00:38:59+00:00December 18th, 2023|Legislation|


The Supreme Court back in 2005 settled the winery shipping issue in Granholm, when it held that a law permitting in-state wineries to ship to in-state consumers but not affording this same privilege to out-of-state wineries violated the Commerce Clause’s Non-Discrimination Principle.

Although the issue seems settled, wine wholesalers never gave up the fight to restrict […]

Christmas Beer everyone should enjoy

By |2023-12-15T02:54:21+00:00December 15th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


Birra Nursia is the Christmas beer everyone should enjoy. The Benedictine Monks brew this beer at the original Abbey where Saint Benedict started the order.

Unfortunately, the monastery was greatly damaged by an earthquake several years back. The Monks brew beer to raise funds to repair the monastery grounds.

This Christmas support a great cause and drink […]

The three-tier system is hurting American wineries

By |2023-12-08T18:33:26+00:00December 8th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


A paper published by the Craft Wine Association[1] shockingly demonstrates that American wines are being pushed out of the marketplace in favor of imported wines.

The three-tier system which prides itself on offering diverse product offerings is skewing towards imported products at the expense of American wineries.

The report contains many shocking details such as […]

The Success of the Inaugural Notre Dame Slainte Wine, Beer, & Spirits Industry Symposium

By |2023-11-28T23:07:48+00:00November 28th, 2023|Conference Reviews|


The inaugural Notre Dame Slainte Wine, Beer, & Spirits Industry Symposium finished ten days ago and it was a resounding success. The whole mix from the programming, the food, the wine, and the hospitality, to the people who attended, it all worked.

I never thought I would become involved in planning and starting a conference from […]

The DTC scrutiny question

By |2023-11-25T22:58:00+00:00November 25th, 2023|Liquor Case Discussion|


When I moderated a panel at the Notre Dame Wine, Beer, and Spirits Symposium on DTC shipping and 21st Amendment challenges, a debate sprung up from pro-shipping advocates on the proper standard for judging a discriminatory state liquor law. On one side of the argument was the believe that discriminatory state liquor laws are subject […]

What a Black Night Club Owner and Big Soda taught me about liquor regulation

By |2023-11-09T21:32:51+00:00November 9th, 2023|Liquor Industry Insights|


A Black night club owner in Western Illinois and PepsiCo seem to be the unlikeliest pair to end up in the same regulatory predicament, but as they say truth is stranger than fiction.

I represented this night club owner who obtained their liquor license after a tough two-year battle. Along the way we encountered a lack […]

Irish Liquor Lawyer makes appearance in Wine Searcher

By |2023-11-09T20:25:55+00:00November 9th, 2023|Irish Liquor Lawyer in The Press|


Great discussing the positive result in the 6th Circuit’s decision in the Ohio wine retailer shipping case. The 6th Circuit reversed and remanded for further proceedings a decision from a district court upholding Ohio’s discriminatory wine retailer shipping law.

The state will need to provide evidence why discrimination is necessary. A solid wine for our […]

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