Whine about Wine
File this one under government limiting our rights yet again.
Apparently, the state of Ohio is implementing a new law limiting mail order wine in Ohio.
The new law bans direct shipping of wine to Ohio consumers by wineries that produce more than 150,000 gallons of wine per year (roughly 63,000 cases.)
You can thank Ohio's Wineries and their lobby for this.
While I do enjoy a little Ohio wine now and then, it is a different experience than the wines I've gotten through the mail.
What really sucks is, unlike the strip club law, this didn't get even a minute of public debate. Apparently, this just was slipped into the state budget.
But like the strip club law, it is just another example of the State of Ohio overreaching. Of what state interest is it if I order a bottle of wine through the mail from a site like this one ? Who am I hurting? Am I really hurting Ohio wineries? Tell me -- if I want a bottle of Pinot Noir from a midsized California winery -- one with a larger production than 63,000 cases per year -- but not so large that their wine is in my local store, am I going to buy an Ohio wine instead? Of course not. No Ohio winery has ever made a decent Pinot Noir that I've ever tasted. Other wines, certainly, but not that.
Despite that, Ohio's wineries think protectionism will nurture their vineyards:
Donniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association, which also pushed for the ban, said the bill protects Ohio's wine industry, allowing it to continue to grow.
"We viewed this somewhat as a jobs bill," she said.
When I read crap like that, I feel like I've had my last bottles of Debonne and Ferrante.