Stopping HR1161

There are wines that are not available in every nook and cranny of the world. As our brick and mortar retail shop is located in the very small village of Blowing Rock nestled in the picturesque mountains of North Carolina we have thousands of people come through our doors through the year and discover some unique and hard to locate wines. Our customers asked us to find a way to provide these products to them where they live as they are not widely available in many cases.

This initiated our web-store, Christopherswineandcheese.com from a desire and concept to reality. It has become a nightmare over the years to digest state regulations on what can and can’t be shipped into various states… wine can be shipped into most states, fortified wine can be shipped into most of those states as well, beer can’t be shipped anywhere- and there are some states that you can ship only certain products into certain regions. If you ever meet me, you will now know one reason I’ve the gray hair I have.

I’m lucky, while North Carolina works off a three tiered distribution system, most of my distributors are good to work with and understand what I am looking and what our shop is about. There are some bad guys in the wholesale distribution world too though, and they would rather there be no shipping of wine in the United States, stripping you of your freedom to acquire products that are not available in your area through them. They have sequestered the help of a member of the US Congress to introduce HR1161; which basically states that no one can challenge any state law that interferes with the commerce of wine and spirits, nor can congress pass any new law leveling the playing field in the future.

So, as much as I hate to post a political statement on our site today; I do so with hops that you will locate your Congressional Delegation and explain that you wish to keep your freedom of choosing what Wine Products you wish to buy and from where/who you wish to buy them.  Should this resolution pass and eventually come into law, there will be many small wine merchants, like myself, who will not only not be able to provide you with a service, but probably will not be able to survive without that ability to ship you wines that you cannot find in your own backyard.

Here’s the easiest way you can locate and contact your representative.

Thank you for listening to me rant a bit today.


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