Wednesday, May 25, 2005

An article that tells me nothing

Stephen Meuse writes Decision clarifies, clouds wine world in today's Boston Globe.

He talks about the Supreme Court ruling that states can not prohibit direct-to-consumer wine sales from out-of-state wineries.

My problem with the article is that it doesn't answer the question, "When can out-of-state wineries start shipping to Massachusetts residents."

Do I have to do my own original reporting here to get an answer?


Stephen replies:
hello Steve

Thanks for your note. Unfortunately, it's precisely the uncertainty over this question that is the main point of the article. The legislation that restricts
such activity is still in place here, so for the time being about all we can say in answer to your question is "not now."

As I hope the article makes clear, the ruling puts the state under no compunction whatever to allow shipments from out-of-state wineries into the state. It only has make sure it does not discriminate against out-of-state wineries who want to ship to in, in favor of in-state wineries who want to ship out.

As the situation develops, we stay on top of it.

Bonne soif,
Can someone give me a better answer?

Here's my reply to his reply:
Can you suggest someone in Government for me to call to get an answer about this?

Seems to me that the Massachusetts laws are now invalid and wine should start flowing.

I've already placed my order.
Stephen replies to my reply:
You can try the Alcohol Beverages Control Commission, Steve.

According to the website, the commission has three members, one chairman and two
associate commissioners appointed by Treasurer Tim Cahill. The Chairman's
position is held by Eddie J. Jenkins. The Associate Commissioners are Suzanne
Iannella and Robert H. Cronin.

Their main number is 617-727-3040.

Please let me know what they tell you.

This is great. I'm having a conversation with a Boston Globe reporter!

Calling the Government overseers now...

Stay tuned.

Hmm. They transfered me to voice mail. Not sure if that's the right place to call...

It wasn't.

Check this.

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