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The Million-Dollar Question for Wine Shipping

By |2020-04-13T20:45:24+00:00March 24th, 2019|Liquor Case Discussion, Liquor Industry Insights|

There is a great buzz going around about the U.S. Supreme Court’s Tennessee Wine case and whether this case will decide if Granholm extends to retailer, and hence deems laws banning wine retailer shipping as unconstitutional.

Even if the Supreme Court remains silent on the specific issue, many lower federal courts and even state courts may […]

Could wineries and wine retailers become unknowingly subject to tax?

By |2019-03-10T21:46:27+00:00March 10th, 2019|Liquor Industry Insights|


The Wayfair decision recently changed whether a state could impose sales tax on an out-of-state company that has no physical presence in the state. Many wineries and wine retailers (those that are eligible to ship legally into a state) may need to change their behavior. Depending on whether they meet certain sales thresholds or enter […]

Proposed Illinois Liquor Legislation

By |2020-04-13T21:10:21+00:00March 3rd, 2019|Legislation, Liquor Industry Insights|


Introduction to Proposed Illinois Legislation

Included are the vast majority of Illinois liquor bills so far introduced this session.

The craft distillers are busy! They are requesting full retail privileges, self-distribution privileges, increases in the amount they can serve in their tasting rooms, and up to 500,000 gallons in storage capacity.

This last number seems […]

Could state regulators face another constitutional steamroller?

By |2019-01-09T21:15:17+00:00January 9th, 2019|Liquor Industry Insights|


For years state regulations and statutes have been under constant and sometimes successful attacks from Commerce Clause challenges. Now another line of constitutional attacks is coming on the horizon and could weaken state regulatory authority.

Recently, plaintiffs have become more embolden to utilize 1st Amendment attacks on a state’s legal authority to regulate liquor matters.


By |2018-12-25T00:00:25+00:00December 25th, 2018|Liquor Industry Insights|

Disclaimer: The video is not presenting this as a battle of good v. evil or one side over another. I thought it was a witty display of Tanford and Epstein. Also, this post does not seek to bias the reader to one side over another.  I am providing an observation based on what I have […]

Hemp is now legal in America: Will Hemp infused wines, spirits, and beers be next?

By |2018-12-20T17:22:37+00:00December 20th, 2018|Cannabis Issues, Liquor Industry Insights|


President Trump signs into law the 2018 Farm Bill which legalizes hemp.

Total Wine and More Means Total Disruptor

By |2020-04-13T20:45:24+00:00December 12th, 2018|Liquor Industry Insights|

There is a common saying that “technology transformed the world!” In many walks of life that is true and we see it before our own very eyes. When I first entered the liquor world I heard the same refrain,”technology will […]

TTB to publish regulations Monday on labeling and advertising

By |2020-04-13T20:45:24+00:00November 23rd, 2018|Breaking News, Liquor Industry Insights|

On Monday the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is publishing its proposal to amend its regulations governing the labeling and advertising of wine, distilled spirits, and malt beverages.
See the link included for the most updated unpublished copy.

Illinois Tied House-“Of value” regulations will be final soon

By |2018-11-13T21:43:45+00:00November 13th, 2018|Breaking News, Liquor Industry Insights|

The proposed Illinois “of value” regulations sailed through its final hurdle without objections. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules did not object to the draft rules.  Once the agency adopts the rule, which is a formality, it should become final.

Here is a copy of the “of value” proposed regulations that should become final soon.

Can the states utilize the taxman to cure its ills

By |2020-04-13T20:45:04+00:00September 12th, 2018|Liquor Industry Insights|


Many states including my home state of Illinois, do not allow out-of-state retailers to ship to in-state customers. Problematically for these states enforcing these laws are tough and sometimes close to impossible. States try different methods to stop out-of-state retailers from shipping to in-state customers, but the states really lack a strong deterrence for stopping […]