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Small Wineries And The High Court

Even though I now call Iowa home, I still check in on the happenings of the wine business every morning before heading to class. The news of the day often works its way into conversations with my classmates and professors.

Often my colleagues react with surprise when I share the morning’s headlines, which frequently sound more like something out of “Falcon Crest” rather than “I Love Lucy.” Inevitably, there are stories of mergers, bankruptcies and family in-fighting.

One of my classmates was absolutely shocked when after asking me for a wine recommendation for Valentine’s Day, I told him that it was actually a felony for a winery in California to send bottle of bubbly to his girlfriend in Florida. I have the feeling it is going to be chocolates for her this year, but next year depending on what the Supreme Court decides, it could be another story.

Not that it matters on a student budget, but thankfully I live in a reciprocal state and have the opportunity to have my favorite Napa Cab delivered to my doorstep. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about my favorite New York Riesling.

Whether we agree or not with the current system that allows each state to set its own rules to distribute alcohol, there is no question that small wineries are missing out on the opportunity to reach their customers across the country.

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