Bob Ross wrote:This is a very sad development, Robin. What is your general sense -- will the distributors be successful as they already are in New Jersey, Texas and now Virginia -- perhaps other states I haven't followed closely.
I know it's very tough to see the future -- but I had thought from earlier discussion you were more optomistic about the ultimate impact of the Supreme Court's decision.
Daniel Paulson wrote:I will write a letter in protest! Does anyone know who I should send it to?
Clinton Macsherry wrote:As the full article notes, Maryland's wineries dodged a bullet earlier this year when the General Assembly passed legislation allowing in-state (and out-of-state) producers to do their own distribution as long as their production doesn't exceed 13,000 cases. That applies to all but a couple of Maryland wineries, and those couple already have distributors. Virginia's wine industry is far more developed than Maryland's, but even so, the turn of events there could spell disaster for a number of good wineries before the legislature gets another chance to make things right (or at least better).
Bob Ross wrote:I must have misread your comments, Robin, perhaps your accurate comments on the New York experience misled me.
It sure looks like initial widespread enthusiasm in other quarters for the Supreme Court opinion may have been misplaced. More's the pity.
Bob Ross wrote:The Supremes decision has had the effect of preventing me from buying New Jersey wines by mail -- and the good ones are all a two or three hours from home.
Bob Ross wrote:Hope this list doesn't make you too homesick.
OW Holmes wrote:Are other states going thru this now? If so, is there anything we can do to help?