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Mark Spivak

Quench! – Direct Shipping

Thirty years ago, only four states allowed direct shipments from wineries to consumers; today, the total is 41. It took many years of lobbying to change the situation (not to mention a Supreme Court decision). Has the newfound freedom among wine consumers affected the industry? Mark examines the issue from a number of different viewpoints, and offers some startling insights. On Bizarre Beverage News, Mark discovers a winery in Mexico constructed entirely from discarded boats, revisits the court case of a Burgundy winemaker on trial for refusing to spray his vines with pesticides, and reveals a judge’s decision in the New York case of a consumer who tried to get a refund on six bottles of wine he didn’t like.


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