FREE THE GRAPES!!! Stop H.R. 5034:
FREE THE GRAPES!!! We Need Your Help – Stop H.R. 5034:
As most of you know, South Coast Winery rarely gets involved in talking politics – that is, until something as important as H.R. 5034 comes along and threatens your rights to receive and enjoy your favorite South Coast Winery wines in the comfort of your homes.
Last week we included an article in our eNewsletter that has generated so much feedback from our readers, we immediately knew we had to give you more information to empower you to make an informed decision and help us STOP this special–interest legislation.
Wine Institute states, "H.R. 5034, initiated and promoted by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and supported by the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, seeks to allow wholesalers to pass anti–competitive, discriminatory state laws dealing with wine, beer and spirits. Wine Institute strongly opposes this ill–conceived effort to give wholesalers the ability to create and perpetuate an environment of discrimination and inequality."
In summary, if H.R. 5034 were to pass, it would:
•Allow wholesalers to pass discriminatory state laws eliminating licensed, regulated direct-to-consumer wine shipments
Q: Who wins if H.R. 5034 were to pass?
A: Hands down, the beer and wine wholesalers associations would be the only winners here. Among other impacts, H.R. 5034 would likely restrict or eliminate out–of–state winery direct shipping, so you lose your ability to buy wine directly from your favorite winery or merchant at a fair price while more money gets added to the wholesaler middlemen’s pockets.
Q: Who loses if H.R. 5034 were to pass?
Q: Why all the hype?
Q: What can I do?
Q: What’s the bottom line?
Q: Why me?
A: If you or someone you know enjoys purchasing a wines at a fair price from your favorite winery or merchant and then having it delivered to the comfort of your home, we’re asking you to stop what you’re doing and get involved. H.R. 5034 could end your ability to buy wine directly from your favorite winery or merchant and it would put more money in the wholesaler middlemen’s pockets. In addition, it would harm your state’s wineries, brewers and distillers, as well as businesses, jobs, and state and local economies.
Q: What Can Wine Lovers Do?
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Here are some additional documents to help keep you informed on H.R. 5034:
View H.R. 5034 here (PDF)
In addition, there is a Facebook group dedicated to stopping HR 5034, and a quick blog search on HR 5034 turns up nearly 4000 articles.
We thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this important matter.