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Winery issue

January 25, 2006

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To the editor:

The Kansas Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Assn. is attempting to kill the small farm wineries of Kansas.

As you may know, the big liquor wholesalers in Kansas have a monopoly control over every bottle of wine that comes into the state. They continue to block direct shipping of wine to consumers because they want their 50 percent.

The only exception to their monopoly is the right that Kansas farm wineries like ours have to sell directly to Kansas retailers and restaurants. The wholesalers have introduced legislation (SB 370) to take that right away from us and drive us out of business.

The Kansas Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Assn. wants to end the ability of Kansas farm wineries to sell directly to Kansas restaurants and retail liquor stores. They also want to prohibit out-of-state wineries from selling directly to Kansas retail stores. The only organization that gains from this is the wholesaler, which takes a hefty profit.

If the wine and spirits wholesalers are successful, they will put the up-and-coming Kansas farm wineries out of business. Legislators need to begin doing what is best for Kansas agriculture, small business and the consumer. Kansas farm wineries should not be prohibited from being able to direct sell in the state of Kansas.

Daniel Ward,

Oskaloosa

Comments

i_tching 8 years, 2 months ago

This is horrible for artisan wine-makers, and it hurts the consumer by limiting their purchases, which can only be made through middlemen exerting additional costs on the products and limiting their distribution.

The budding Kansas wine industry should be encouraged, not thusly restrained.

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Skeptic 8 years, 3 months ago

Don't just tell your legislators to oppose this bill, tell them to deregulation the beverage industry in Kansas.

The only reason liquor wholesalers are doing this is because they CAN.

If you don't want corporations gaming the system, don't set it up in the first place.

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bjohanning 8 years, 3 months ago

Send an e-mail to your state represenative in Topeka and let him know how you feel about this bill.

humerickhouse@house.state.ks.us">p>humerickhouse@house.state.ks.us or look up yours at http://www.kslegislature.org/legsrv-house/index.do
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rightthinker 8 years, 3 months ago

I agree with Daniel. Kansas has some really strange and complex liquor laws. Finally as of the past couple of years, you can buy on Sunday (in a few counties). But the other limitations and laws are ridiculous, like: only 3.2 malt bevs sold in grocery stores and conv. strores, only liquor can be sold in a liquor store (no cigs, soda etc). Nothing irks me worse than making two stops when you could be making one. What's up with the whole thing about liquor in Kansas? My wife and I love a great bottle of wine and if we go somewhere like Napa Valley and want to ship a case back or join a wine club, she luckily works out of St. Louis and has it shipped to her HQ. Kansas tries to come off as conservative, but it's not. Check Missouri for example for tax laws; you'd think a bunch of Dems are running the state. Kansas tries to be socially conservative, but is not at all fiscally conservative.

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