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March 27, 2008

Retail wine bill corked?

Why can't we buy a bottle of wine with our artisan bread and imported cheese? Why can't we order a case of our favorite vintage from whatever supplier we choose?

Because one of the most powerful lobbies in the state says we can't.

If, like me, you've been following the progress of Sen. Bill Ketron's effort (with others, to be sure) to modernize and liberalize our alcoholic beverage laws, you've heard the disappointing news about setbacks to the bill's progress (HT: Silence). Let's hope those setbacks are temporary.

Look: I don't want to hurt my local spirits retailer. I know that they would have to react to the Bi-Lo across the street, and the Food Lion just down the way, suddenly selling wine. But the beer/tobacco store next door to them makes it, and the grocery stores sell beer and tobacco (along with convenience stores). And the liquor store would still supply the distilled products.

Write to your legislators today and urge them to support Sen. Ketron's bill and its companion in the House.

More later, as I'm almost out of Cabernet.

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Policy | By joe lance | 06:20 PM