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Being in Wine Spectator and the businesses 2nd Anniversary

By |2020-05-02T16:00:30+00:00May 2nd, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|

I must admit it, I am having a great Saturday morning in lock down, mainly for two reasons.

For the first time, I contributed to Wine Spectator, which is the top publication on the wine industry in America. It is a great honor to be discussing the 6th Circuit’s decision on the Michigan wine shipping law. […]

Illinois Liquor Control Commission to allow retailers to return spirits

By |2020-04-30T23:01:37+00:00April 30th, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission announced today that they would allow retailers with on premise or combination off/on premise licenses to return product purchased on or after February 18, 2020 and before March 16, 2020 to their distributors.

ILCC Executive Director Chima Enyia should be commended for getting this policy change through.

ILCC Order 


Illinois issues FAQ solidifying position that cocktails to-go is not allowed

By |2020-04-30T00:53:04+00:00April 30th, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission issued a FAQ solidifying their position that cocktails to-go is not allowed.


Specifically, the ILCC states:

The State Commission has authorized retail licensees, subject to local approval, the privilege of
selling alcoholic beverages for off premises consumption. The only caveat is that the alcoholic
beverages must be in the “original container” (or […]

Cocktails for Hope: Allowing Cocktails-to-go would bring back roughly 51,000 jobs to Illinois

By |2020-04-29T17:29:12+00:00April 29th, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|

Cocktails for Hope writes a letter to Governor J.B. Pritzker asking for cocktails-to-go sales.

Based on a statistical analysis by Cocktails for Hope, allowing this program could bring back roughly 51,000 jobs to Illinois. And boost revenue because cocktails provide 4x the margin of food sales.

Illinois has allowed off-premise restaurants to sell packaged goods to go. […]

To-go cocktails and Governor Pritzker’s statement, does it mean local control or confusion

By |2020-04-28T22:04:42+00:00April 28th, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|

Recently I wrote about how the Illinois cocktails-to-go issue is confusing to people in the hospitality industry and is causing problems based on potentially different messages. Cocktails-to-go policy is confusing 

Based on a bulletin from the ILCC, some in the hospitality industry believe that there is a right to local control due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, […]

Catching up with subscribers

By |2020-04-26T00:54:04+00:00April 26th, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|


With all apologies to my subscribers, I had a transition to a new website and the developer had a delay in bringing over the subscriber list. So, I wanted to include in this post, the blog posts you missed on the 6th Circuit’s wine shipping case.

I strive to provide the best and I apologize for […]

6th Circuit Lebamoff Michigan Wine Retailer Decision: Judge Sutton gets nostalgic for the old days

By |2020-04-22T06:40:40+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Breaking News, Liquor Case Discussion|


6th Circuit Lebamoff Michigan Wine Retailer Decision: Judge Sutton gets nostalgic for the old days

Judge Sutton must be one for nostalgia. In this decision he chooses to turn back the clock to a day where the late 20s rules and the dangers of alcohol flowing into the state must be stopped.

Judge Sutton resurrects the temporarily […]

6th Circuit Rules in favor of Michigan in wine retailer shipping case

By |2020-04-21T16:38:53+00:00April 21st, 2020|Liquor Case Discussion|

Judge Sutton wrote the opinion which overturns the lower court’s decision finding that Michigan’s wine retailer shipping law was unconstitutional.

Very little of the opinion dealt with Tennessee Wine’s drawing the line of discrimination to retailers.

Second, much of the justification dealt with the fact that because Indiana had no minimum pricing rules and offered quantity discounts, which Michigan […]