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Afternoon Brief, March 24

Oregon Wine a Leader in Biodynamics: Even though Oregon only produces one percent of the wines made in the United States, this states accounts for 52% of total vineyard acres that received biodynamic® certification from Demeter USA, a not-for-profit that offers biodynamic certification to farms...

Afternoon Brief, March 23

With Tasting Rooms Closed, Napa's Wine Country Workforce Feels the Sting: As the economic ramifications of shuttered tasting rooms and a hobbled hospitality sector become clearer in Napa Valley, businesses and their employees are facing widespread uncertainty...

National Association of Wine Retailers Executive Director Tom Wark Issues Statement...

A Call To Set Aside Self-Serving Politicking In Favor of A Rational Response to A Human and Marketplace Emergency (Sacramento, CALIF)—If ever there was a moment...

Proposed Michigan Wine Shipping Bill to Generate $1.7 to $2.5 Million...

SB 819/HB 5579 Would Legalize Wine Retailer Shipments Into Stat (Lansing, Michigan)—The State of Michigan would generate between $1.7 million and 2.5 million dollars in...

Wine Shipping Bill in Springfield Celebrated by Wine Retailers and Illinois...

The National Association of Wine Retailers Applauds Bill that Ends Protectionist and Anti-Consumer Wine Shipping Law (Springfield, IL)—Both consumers across Illinois and the National Association...

National Wine Retailer Group Elects New Leadership

David Parker of Benchmark Wine Group to Lead National Association of Wine Retailers (Sacramento, CALIF)—The Board of Directors of the National Association of Wine Retailers...

Wine Shipping Laws in California and 20 Other States Ruled Unconstitutional

National Association of Wine Retailers Urges Legislative Action to Fix Laws and Benefit Consumers (Sacramento, CALIF)—Twenty-one states across the country, including California, are in violation...

Retailers Urge Michigan Lawmaker to Fix State’s Unconstitutional Wine Shipping Law

August 29, 2019 (Lansing, MI)—State lawmakers are once again being called on to fix an unconstitutional Michigan wine shipping law. The National Association of...

National Association of Wine Retailers’ Comment on Historic Tennessee Wine v....

(Washington, DC)—The National Association of Wine Retailers Executive Director Tom Wark released the following statement today concerning the Supreme Court’s decision in Tennessee Wine...

Ruling Expands Wine Shipping Options for Florida Consumers

National Association of Wine Retailers Alerts its Retailer Members, Common Carriers and Florida Wine Lovers that Legal Wine Shipments May Commence June 11, 2019 (Tallahassee, Florida)—The...

Connecticut Consumers Celebrate New Wine Shipping Law

National Association of Wine Retailers Members Set to Utilize New Shipping Rights June 6, 2019 (Hartford, Connecticut)—The National Association of Wine Retailers and Connecticut consumers...

Afternoon Brief, February 12

Napa County, Bremer Family Winery Reach Lawsuit Settlement: Napa County and Bremer Family Winery settled a lawsuit brought by the county against the winery over alleged permit and code violations, ending a dispute that called into question how the county interprets older use permits...

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: An Outspoken Voice for the Little...

Some see Tom Wark as an advocate for the wine industry, given his role as the Executive Director of National Association of Wine Retailers since 2007, but he prefers to think of himself as an outspoken voice for the “little guy.” Since 2004, he’s been unapologetically airing concerns over the three-tier distribution system and lack of consumer choice in the marketplace, lambasting what he terms “rent seeking, special interests and other self serving groups.”

Wine Consumers to Fund Supreme Court Brief on Wine Shipping Case

GoFundMe Campaign to Give Wine Consumers Representation in Key Court Case (Washington, DC)—A GoFundMe Campaign has been launched that gives wine consumers across the country the...

Afternoon Brief, January 24

Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief   Trending Story: North Coast Wildfire Impact Study Signals Strong Recovery in Early Findings The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma...