Comments on: How screwed up is three-tier? Plenty, as Missouri can attest Common sense talk about buying, drinking and enjoying wine Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:19:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: Matt Cookson Thu, 23 May 2013 16:45:12 +0000 And everybody wonders where the Mafia went after prohibition, well I will give you a
hint, SW&S. Money for nothing and chicks for
free. The whole bunch are still criminals with no remorse for holding the industry and
its consumers hostage. They only care about themselves. How does a Chicago distributor end up owning wineries? Very fishy.

By: Jeff Siegel Thu, 23 May 2013 13:16:47 +0000 One thing worth noting about all of this is that what happened in Missouri, and about three-tier in general, is that the behavior of those involved is no different than in too many other areas in modern business. The idea is to protect turf and not innovate or deliver value. You can see that in all of the patent trolling and lawsuits in high tech,
And Noblewines, I hope you are right about adjustments being made. Frankly, I think there were so few comments here because it’s embarrassing to the industry.

By: Steve Wed, 22 May 2013 22:09:45 +0000 Call me a nerd, but that’s fascinating. Stupid, frustrating, and fascinating. Not only have litigation and lobbying become cornerstones in business practice, but apparently acting like an asshole doesn’t devalue the players’ sense of ego.
Long, long gone is the na??ve notion that wine is a hallmark of a civilized society and, as such, the business trading it ought to be conducted in a gentlemanly manner. Pity.