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  • Trading Grapes: The Case for Direct Wine Shipments in Arizona

    Posted on November 18, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Mark Brnovich

    Arizona Law prohibits out-of-state wineries from shipping wine directly to Arizona consumers, with few exceptions. A vestige of Prohibition, Arizona statutes require out-of-state wineries to sell their products to licensed wholesalers (tier 1), who then sell to retailers (tier 2), who select which beverages will be available to consumers (tier 3). It is illegal for an out-of-state producer to bypass the wholesaler. This antiquated three-tiered distribution system grants undue power to wholesalers, drives up the price of wine by forcing the product through a middleman, and reduces choices available to consumers.

  • Trading Grapes: The Case for Direct Wine Shipments

    Posted on November 14, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Mark Brnovich

    Seventy years after the end of Prohibition, it is illegal for Arizona consumers to purchase wine directly from out-of-state wineries.

  • Trading Grapes Policy Forum to Feature Speakers Favoring Direct Shipment of Out-of-State Wine

    Posted on November 11, 2003 | Type: Press Release

    PHOENIX-On Tuesday, November 18, 2003, the Goldwater Institute will hold a policy forum to discuss reform of Arizona statutes prohibiting direct shipment of out-of-state wine to consumers. At the event, Goldwater Constitutional Studies Director Mark Brnovich will present a new report, Trading Grapes: The Case for Direct Wine Shipments in Arizona, explaining how Arizona's ban on direct shipment violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, raises prices for consumers, and hurts Arizona's domestic wine industry. Brnovich will call for repeal of the ban.

  • Constitutional Scholar Expresses Support for Lawsuit Challenging Arizona's "Wine Cartel"

    Posted on October 08, 2003 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix-Goldwater Institute constitutional studies director Mark Brnovich expressed support for an Institute for Justice lawsuit filed today in federal court, challenging what Brnovich called "Arizona's wine cartel. We've got a clear case of restraint-of-trade here," Brnovich said.

  • 2003 Legislative Report Card

    Posted on September 29, 2003 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Satya Thallam

    Senator Barry Goldwater best articulated his legislative mission when he said, "If I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty."

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