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Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas

A bit late to the news on this, but found this case interesting. https://lnkd.in/gxBhm6p Supreme Court rules against TN residency requirement: “The Court’s decision referenced the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to assert that Tennessee’s two-year residency requirement ‘blatantly favors the state’s residents and has little relationship to public health and safety” and is therefore unconstitutional.'” See Laurie Wachter’s very good article at: https://lnkd.in/gKiNMk4 I can’t agree however with the conclusions drawn by Hinman (and perhaps others) that this ruling with lead to a robust Direct to Retailer industry, since the practical realities of developing and maintaining such a business are clearly outside the core competencies of any small to medium sized winery — and likely almost all large wineries to boot. I’d argue instead that developing relationships in the 3-tier system is ultimately more advantageous to the vast majority of wineries.

County Meets to Review Winery Application Process

The ongoing fight for the soul of Napa Valley continues: Disneyfication v. The Family Farm. This week the Napa County Board of Supervisors is taking another look a simplifying the winery permit process. There has been a clear need for this kind of change since the original winery ordinance went into practice. Interestingly, the driving force behind the push to streamline the application process is coming from Save the Family Farms.

If you are planning a small farm or winery, contact us for assistance with the approval process. We can help guide you through the application process and help shepherd the application through approval.

In the news this week …

My votes for biggest news in wine this week…I love Alain Ducasse but is #dryJanuary really a threat to the wine industry? See fermentationwineblog.com …PG&E wins its battle over Napa Valley — do we really need more natural gas up valley. #BURYTHELINES … see https://lnkd.in/g-Amg5m … AND SVB RELEASES STATE OF THE INDUSTRY REPORT…get ready for some killer wine discounts in 2020. https://lnkd.in/g9yTxx2