The wine world has been in a huge uproar over HR 5034, the so-called anti-direct shipping bill. The bill, backed by the biggest beer, wine and spirits distributors, would have tightened the three-tier system to eliminate exceptions carved out by Congress and the Supreme Court -- like direct shipping.
As the erudite Tom Johnson has noted at Louisville Juice, there was very little chance of HR 5034 ever being passed, regardless of the Winestream Media's panic. Would that they spend so much effort educating the American public about wine. But today's news -- that the trade groups that represent beer, wine, and spirits have come out in opposition to the bill -- kills whatever life was left in the proposal. This means Gallo, Diageo, and Constellation, companies that are even bigger that the distributors, oppose the bill. And we know how much money talks.
A link to the joint letter the groups sent to Congress: Download Joint Producers Letter HR 5034