To: Todd Weiler,
Subject: Support Wine Direct Shipping
Date: 12/30/2013 11:11:11 PM
5934 Allores Court
Herriman, UT 84096-4875
December 31, 2013
The Honorable Todd Weiler
320 State Capitol, PO Box 145115
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Dear Senator Weiler:
As an adult voter and wine lover, I urge you to support my ability to
purchase the wines I want, in the manner of my choosing.
Whether purchased by telephone, newsletter or Internet, I believe that
consumers, not wholesaler middlemen, should decide which wines we can
enjoy. Interstate wine direct shipments also encourage fair and open
trade under the Interstate Commerce Clause.
The wine wholesaler cartel misleads legislators by making unfounded,
hypothetical claims that direct shipping increases underage access.
Without credible evidence, the wholesalers' motivation is purely to
strengthen their state-sanctioned monopolies in wine wholesaling. The U.S.
Supreme Court and Federal Trade Commission, in addition to sworn testimony
by state alcohol regulators, have all debunked this red herring.
Despite widespread support for direct shipping, voters in nine states are
still prohibited by state law from ordering and receiving wines directly
from out-of-state wineries. Additionally, only a dozen or so states allow
shipments to consumers from out-of-state retailers.
The wine industry's model direct shipping bill allows for limited,
regulated direct-to-consumer shipments, and has been implemented
successfully in the majority of states. The law satisfies consumer
demand, provides an additional source of tax revenue, and provides the
regulations necessary for a socially sensitive product like wine.
Please let me know where you stand on this important consumer rights