Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Whining about Wine

I am usually very supportive of any measure which tries to break down the barriers that the alcohol industry faces.  Most of these laws are simply out of date and based on old religious customs and really don't have any place in law.

This is not to say that I think it is a good idea to sell alcohol to minors, or that we should not have drinking and driving laws.  The laws which I disagree with are less productive and less sensible, such as the hours in which bars and liquor stores can not operate, and public drunkenness arrests.  It makes no sense to me, a non-Christian, that until just a few years ago the hours in which you could buy alcohol in New York State were limited on Sundays more than any other day.  Should everybody take a rest from drinking once in a while? Yes, but I'm not a big fan of leaving it up to the state or worse, the Christians, to decide when that break should be.

I however am in opposition to the most recent alcohol liberation act that is being passed through the NYS assemblies.  An act that would allow wine to be sold in grocery stores. 

Don't get me wrong, the convenience sounds great, being able to buy beer and wine in the same place would be a plus.  Faster "beer runs," and probably later hours than liquor stores offer, just a better system.  Why haven't we been able to buy wine in a grocery store for all these years anyways?

The problem I have with this is that wine is a very big part of the revenue of liquor stores.  If this new act is passed the vast majority of people are most likely going to settle for convenience and buy their wine from grocery stores, which will cause disaster for liquor stores.

This is a problem because most of these grocery stores are chains based out of 'who-knows-where' and most of the liquor stores are locally owned and operated.  Keeping the law as it stands separating the sale of beer from wine and liquor will protect businesses who's money solely goes to NYS and the counties within it.

Support Mom and Pop, Reject chain employed 15 year olds recommending which semi-sweet red would be best for your cocktail party

1 comment:

Robin said...

Haza! I agree timmy wimmy!