Oklahoma Winemaker Licensees,
Effective tomorrow, July 1, I will be
reassigned as Captain of the Oklahoma City
Enforcement Division. Roger Chandler will be
assigned to Winery/Wholesale Enforcement. He
can be reached at 405-521-3484. After today,
please direct all inquires regarding
Oklahoma wineries to him.
It has been
a pleasure to have worked with the Oklahoma
wine industry the past 3 1/2 years. I feel
that together, the ABLE Commission and the
wine industry have each accomplished much
during my tenure. I wish each of you the
best of luck.
I would ask that you
share this e-mail with the other Oklahoma
wineries that you may have contact with.
Captain Dennis McGowen,
OK ABLE Commission
Documents from the Attorney General’s website Regarding the opinions given about the shipment of wine and the definition of a winery.
Pruning Without Pain
Article from the January/February 2005 issue of Practical Winery & Vineyard
This is an article about how distributors buy power against winery owners.
This is an excellent resource for
insect and plant disease published by Oklahoma State University Entomology and
Direct Wine Shipments
Good news came on a ruling by the supreme court. By a 5-4 ruling the ban
on direct wine shipments is found to be unconstitutional.
From the Journal Record
Vineyard operators await infusion of new grapevines
BY BRIAN BRUS
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Did you know grapes can be harmful to dog?
of our vineyard owners submitted this article for all of you with doggie pals.
Wrath of Grapes *PDF
by Charlotte Means, D.V.M.
National Wine Industry Amicus
As Supreme Court Prepares to Consider Constitutional
Issues Surrounding Direct-to-Consumer Wine
national trade association representing 800 wineries in 48 states,
joined by 45 allied organizations, including winery and winegrower associations,
farm bureaus and wine industry marketing organizations (see attached
list)—filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that is
certain to have profound implications for the future of the rapidly growing
regional and local wine industry throughout the country.
case, Granholm, et al. v. Eleanor Heald, asks the Court to address the
plight of American wineries and consumers unable to conduct business because of
archaic, protectionist and discriminatory state laws outlawing the direct
shipment of wine. Under the guise of
the 21st Amendment, many states effectively exclude out-of-state
wineries from their markets by mandating a requirement for all wine to be
commercially distributed through wholesalers that have no incentive to market
the products of small wineries. Such
a requirement contradicts the basic tenets of our constitutional framers,
embodied in the dormant Commerce Clause, that the several states should be
united in a single national market and that states may not erect protectionist
barriers to products from out-of-state businesses.
amicus brief profiles American wineries and highlights the fact that
Michigan’s discriminatory law, allowing in-state wineries to ship directly to
consumers but not extending that marketing channel to out-of-state wineries, is
a fundamental violation of a key constitutional principle.
It further analyzes Michigan’s alleged policy justifications—the
prevention of underage drinking and collection of taxes—and concludes, in
accordance with the ruling of the Sixth Circuit, and a recent Federal Trade
Commission report, that there are adequate non-discriminatory means for Michigan
to achieve its regulatory goals.
on the brief, WineAmerica President David Sloane said, “Many states, including
, prohibit wineries in other states from
shipping their products directly to consumers, while permitting local wineries
to engage in such commerce. This
leaves out-of-state wineries at the mercy of cartel-like distributors who prefer
to market the top 50 to 100 wine brands promising the largest profits and
easiest sales, and excluding wineries with smaller followings and limited
production capacities. By
refusing to market the products of small wineries, these distributors are
effectively preventing consumers in discriminatory states from buying most of
the wine labels in this country.”
worse,” Sloane continued, “politically powerful wholesaler interests in
these states have ruthlessly opposed the establishment of any alternative market
mechanism, such as limited direct shipment, to help smaller wineries cope with
this problem. It’s no coincidence
that the states with the greatest consumer demand for wine remain closed to
direct shipments from out-of-state wineries, including New York (third largest
market), Florida (second), Texas (fourth), New Jersey (fifth), Massachusetts
(sixth), Ohio (twelfth) and Michigan (eleventh).
Wholesalers have fought at every turn to prevent any diminution of their
exclusivity, insisting that every drop of alcohol go through their warehouses,
while at the same time refusing to market the products of small wineries.
This untenable discrimination must be brought to an end by the Supreme
Court,” Sloane said.
local wine industry, encouraged by state laws that enable producers to work
outside of normal distribution channels, remains the fastest growing form of
agritourism in the
Sloane warned, “unless the Supreme Court makes good on the Constitution’s
guaranty of a national marketplace,
’s wineries and their
growth potential will be severely handicapped.”
Find out more in the complete
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Fact Sheet on Local and Regional Wine Industry
Since 1980, the number of U.S. wineries has quadrupled, from 919 to 3,726 in 2004.
All 50 states now have wineries, and more than half are in states other than California.
Most states have fostered the growth of local wineries by allowing them to have tasting
rooms, sell directly to consumers and ship wine to in-state customers.
Structure of Industry
Of the 3,700+ wineries in the U.S., all but the top 50 to 100 producers are small, family owned
and operated farm enterprises.
A typical winery occupies 20 acres and produces 4,000 cases of wine per year, either from its
own fruit, or fruit grown by local farmers.
More than 70 percent of the nation’s wineries produce fewer than 10,000 cases annually, and
more than four-fifths produce fewer than 25,000 cases.
According to U.S. Treasury Department data, the 50 largest American wineries account for 87
percent of the wine sold by volume.
Benefits of Local Wine Industries
Small wineries are important to rural economies. They generate capital investment, create
jobs, spur tourism and economic development, advance farmland protection and discourage
A typical new family winery will provide regular employment for five to ten people, and will
have annual sales of $200,000 to $1.5 million.
In areas where wineries flourish, restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts, inns, retail boutiques, farm
and other craft businesses also succeed.
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