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.