LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Tell your local newspaper editor that in non dry counties, you support the rights of consumers to purchase wine from out-of-state retailers and local grocery stores. Some points that you may wish to include:
Tips for writing a letter to the editor:
- This is a consumer issue of our constitutional right to access the interstate wine market.
- Tennesseans want the same access to the interstate market for wine as they have for other goods made and sold in other states in our country.
- Thirty Five other states allow shipping of wine from out-of-state.
- Tennesseans want the convenience of shopping for wine in the same place they shop for food.
- Thirty-three states, including five of the eight that border Tennessee, allow the sale of wine in retail food stores.
- Our Tennessee farm wineries should be allowed to make their wines available in local restaurants and retail stores (e.g. 50 mile radius) without having to go thru a wholesaler.
- Model wine laws that have been blocked in the legislature can provide 10-20 million dollars more revenue to the state of Tennessee if consumers let their legislators know to vote on these fair laws. This means less of a chance that a Tennessee Income Tax will be proposed again.
- The excess profit on wine that goes to Tennessee alcohol distributors and retailers because of anti-competitive laws should instead be returned to the consumer via lower prices.
- Use the information on this site (TN wine Laws, Proposed Changes) to compose your own concerns to your local newspaper.
- Keep your letter 200 words or less.
- Always include your name, home address and daytime and evening phone numbers.
- Be polite.