Archive for the ‘Legislation’ Category


Twelve years of blogging… What do I have to show for it? Prohibition Redux

On December 5, 2005, I took that first step as the first female wine publicist blogger in the world, I didn’t know where it would go. How could I? I’ve written about everything I’ve learned in the last 25 years of being in the wine business. That was my intent, and I’ve been successful in […]


Next Step on Music Licensing ~ Head’s Up, Wineries

Having been in radio, and knowing that if you’re playing someone’s music in your tasting room, you need to be paying for it. I’m going to share what I just got from Jim Trezise of Next Step on Music Licensing: A Bill  Just yesterday a bipartisan bill was introduced in Congress that would help alleviate some […]


California State Assembly Passes HR 9 – Recognizing California’s Living Historic Vineyards

On this past Monday, the California Assembly voted to approve HR 9, a resolution that recognizes the contribution that living historic vineyards have made, and continue to make to the agricultural and social history of California. HR 9 was introduced by Assemblymember Tom Daly (District 69, Anaheim) and is supported by the Historic Vineyard Society. […]


Why Are Wine, Beer, and Spirits Lobbyists Spending All This Money?

As I read Wine Business’s daily news link email to me, I was struck by one listing after another of  wholesaler lobbyist spending. At first I thought, “Whatever.” Then I thought… “Wait a minute. That’s a lot of spending.” After I decided to compile a list, I found even more spending that now totals $3,642,000. […]

As Maine Goes, so goes the nation? Not this time…

Commentary: Saturday, July 29, 2006 U.S. judge backs ban on wine shipments, by the Associated Press… ME: My sister Merry’s view in Georgetown I just read that Maine judges have decided the following: “A federal magistrate judge is recommending that Maine’s prohibition on direct shipment of wine be upheld, an opinion Maine’s attorney general said […]

Zinfandel as the state Grape? No thanks!

While Senator Carol Migden has come up with a novel idea to have the California legislature recognize a vitis vinifera as a state grape, it leaves other grapes that have been grown in the state since the days of Mission grapes in the dust. Zinfandel has been established as a heritage varietal, but it’s not […]

Congress Says “No Help” For Gulf Coast Licensees

I have to share this in entirety. I don’t have time to read it, then rewrite it (wish I did). When I read this, I just couldn’t believe what I was reading, and I want this to be in more than one place on the Internet… Believe me… Prohibition is alive and well… Read on. […]