WineAmerica Staff Travel Update

The WineAmerica staff is about to embark on another round of traveling to get our message out to the masses.

Cary Greene will be at Taste Washington in Seattle, WA from March 25 to 27.

Michael Kaiser and Jennifer Montgomery will be at the Wineries Unlimited Trade Show and Conference in Richmond, VA from March 29 to 31.

Michael Kaiser will be attending and speaking at License to Steal, the National Wine Marketing Conference at Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH from April 12 to14.

Michael Kaiser will be attending and speaking at the Pennsylvania Wineries Association Meeting in State College, PA from April 19-20.

Also, we are gearing up for the 2011 Wine and Grape Policy Conference jointly presented with the Winegrape Growers of America at the Phoenix Park Hotel here in Washington, DC from May 8 to 11.

The Reintroduction of the CARE Act

By Jennifer Montgomery
As you have probably heard, the CARE Act has flnally resurfaced. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), reintroduced the bill yesterday afternoon and it is now called the Community Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act, (HR 1161). Chaffetz was joined in introducing the bill by several other original co-sponsors including Representatives Bruce Braley (D-IA), Howard Coble (R-NC), John Conyers (D-MI), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Dennis Ross (R-FL), and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL). The bill is the same one as the revised legislation that was proposed last fall.
Congress has recessed and the members are now back in their districts for a week-long work period. It is imperative that you take this opportunity to make sure your Member of Congress hears from you while he or she is home and understands how potentially harmful this bill is to your business and to the wine industry as a whole. It also would be a good time to contact your state Attorney General.
We urge you to reach out to your lawmakers so that they know there two sides to the story of the CARE Act (HR 1161).
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

BEER, WINE AND SPIRITS PRODUCERS URGE CONGRESS TO REJECT THE “COMMUNITY ALCOHOL REGULATORY EFFECTIVENESS” ACT OF 2011

WASHINGTON (March 17, 2011) – The Brewers Association, WineAmerica, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Wine Institute, Beer Institute and the National Association of Beverage Importers, associations representing virtually all alcohol beverages sold in the 50 states, today called on Members of Congress to reject the CARE Act (H.R. 1161), legislation backed by the wholesale tier of the alcohol beverage industry.
The producer groups stated: “We strongly oppose H.R. 1161, which, like its predecessor in the last Congress, is unnecessary. Its provisions would harm consumers and the marketplace, limit consumer choice, and allow states to enact protectionist and anti-competitive laws. If this bill became law, it would make it much harder for brewers, vintners, distillers and importers to get their products to market.
“Since Prohibition’s repeal, a balanced system of state and federal regulation has evolved to maintain a well-regulated and orderly market for the sale and distribution of alcohol beverages. Nothing has changed to warrant upsetting this careful balance, and we do not believe that Congress should spend valuable time wading into an intra-industry squabble, nor should it favor one segment of an industry at the expense of other industry members and American consumers.
“On March 7, 2011, the United States Supreme Court declined to review a challenge to a Texas state law, effectively ending litigation that the wholesalers say justifies their legislation. The wholesalers’ praise of this Supreme Court action is inconsistent with wholesaler support for H.R. 1161, which strips courts of their power to make precisely these kinds of balancing judgments.
“We urge Congress not to unravel a successful regulatory structure to the detriment of consumers, the industry, and the federal interest in a fair, competitive, and orderly marketplace for alcohol beverages.”
The producer groups in February 2011 sent a letter to Members of Congress in which they expressed their opposition to this legislation.
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Contacts:

Bob Pease, Brewers Association
bob@brewersassociation.org, 303-447-0816
Nancy Light, Wine Institute
Frank Coleman, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
fcoleman@discus.org, 202-682-8840
Lindsay Mize for the Beer Institute
lmize@clsdc.com; 202-777-3540
Cary M. Greene, Esq., WineAmerica
cgreene@wineamerica.org, 202-478-7642
William T. Earle, NABI

Registration is Open for the 2011 Wine and Grape Policy Conference

Registration is open for the 2011 Wine and Grape Policy Conference. The annual Wine and Grape Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. is an important opportunity for members of WineAmerica and WGA to discuss and evaluate Federal policy issues of interest to our industry, and to communicate our stances directly to Members of Congress and the Administration. These meetings play an important role in the critical process of relationship building which is central to our mission of favorably influencing policy outcomes. It is also a great opportunity for wine industry leaders from across the country to network with each other in formal and informal settings. We hope that you will join us in May for this very important meeting. Registration for the meeting can be found here:

Four unique wine marketing opportunities at the 2011 Wine Tourism, Wine Bloggers and Food Blogger Conferences

The 2011 Wine Tourism Conference http://winetourismconference.org/ is brought to you by Zephyr Adventures and MartinCalder Productions . An anticipated 300 national and international delegates representing wine and travel businesses, meeting planners, educators and other stakeholders in the wine tourism industry will convene in the Napa Valley on November 16 and 17, 2011 to address industry trends and the issues that impact wine tourism for both new and old world wine regions. You may want to attend this conference to keep abreast on what the latest trends and best practices are in the wine tourism industry or you may want to attend and showcase your wine region as a wine tourism destination as a conference sponsor. Sponsorship information can be found on the blog under SPONSORS or click here: http://winetourismconference.org/sponsors

The Wine Bloggers Conference http://winebloggersconference.org/america/ travels from the west coast to the east for a three day event taking place July 22 – 24 in Charlottesville, VA. 300 plus wine bloggers, new media innovators and wine industry representatives will convene to taste wine and discuss the intersection of wine with the world of new media including blogging, social media, and more. This conference offers several excellent opportunities for you to get your wines in front of some of today’s most influential wine & food bloggers. Visit http://winebloggersconference.org/america/ and click on SPONSORS for more sponsorship information.

The 2011 International Food Blogger Conferences take place August 26-28 in New Orleans LA and November 11-13 in Santa Monica CA : http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2011/ Both of these conferences offer a wonderful opportunity for a wine to stand out amongst a largely Food Blogger base of attendees. We are expecting 250 to 300 to attend the New Orleans conference and 230 to 260 to attend the Santa Monica conference. With a focus on food, writing, and technology, IFBC is the premier event for not only food bloggers, but anyone interested in engaging with industry leading authors, chefs, bloggers and more. For the past two years the IFBC has sold out months in advance and continues to be the largest event of its kind. Sponsorship Opportunities can be found on the conference blog or click here: http://www.foodista.com/ifbc2011nola/sponsors/