Tom Wark’s “Fermentation” Should Be Added to Your Blog Roll

Of all the blogs we follow on the industry, I can’t laud enough glowing praise on Tom Wark’sFermentation : The Daily Wine Blog.”  An oenophile of the first degree, Tom’s posts are insightful, funny, and usually contain a decent amount of ribbing for states’ restrictive distribution and regulatory frameworks.

And that’s not all.  If there’s a legal issue involving wine, especially a three-tier issue, Tom’s usually the first to comment.  His recent post about a bill in Pennsylvania that would restrict direct shipping of imported wine is a great example.  And he doesn’t mince his words:

“I believe three things about American wine wholesalers and Pennsylvania wholesalers in particular:

“1. They fear competition because they know they they don’t have the business chops to compete on a level playing field.

“2. They no nothing about and care nothing for American wine consumers or their needs.

“3. The only thing that is standing in the way of Pennsylvanians and Americans in general of accessing more than the minuscule number of wines made available via winery direct shipping is the wholesalers’ stranglehold on lawmakers that live and die by cash, not any arguments wholesalers put forth concerning retailer wine shipping.”

If you really want to keep up on wine issues, you’ve got to keep his blog on your radar.

Ashley Brandt

Hi there! I’m happy you’re here. My name is Ashley Brandt and I’m an attorney in Chicago representing clients in the Food and Beverage, Advertising, Media, and Real Estate industries. A while back I kept getting calls and questions from industry professionals and attorneys looking for advice and information on a fun and unique area of law that I’m lucky enough to practice in. These calls represented a serious lack of, and need for, some answers, news, and information on the legal aspects of marketing and media. I've got this deep seeded belief that information should be readily available and that the greatest benefit from the information age is open access to knowledge... so ... this blog seemed like the best way to accomplish that. I enjoy being an attorney and it’s given me some amazing opportunities, wonderful experiences, and an appreciation and love for this work. I live in Chicago and work at an exceptional law firm, Goldstein & McClintock, with some truly brilliant people. Feel free to contact me at any time with any issues, comments, concerns… frankly, after reading this far, I hope you take the time to at least let me know what you think about the blog and how I can make it a better resource.

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