Well, it appears we have something as bizarre on the books here in the commonwealth:
Rules change for wine salesNow before you start calling this a "wholesaler protection law," you need to know the rest of the story. This has come about as a result of our august legislators enacting a Virginia wineries protection law.
A bill has died that would have permitted Virginia wineries to keep self-distributing.
By Rob Johnson, The Roanoke Times
Virginia wineries will soon be receiving a letter from state regulators cautioning them that direct distribution of their products -- bypassing wholesalers -- is illegal.
A self-distribution bill that would have allowed Virginia wineries to continue their longtime practice of eliminating the middleman died earlier in the legislative session in February. (link)
The failed legislative push was prompted by a federal court ruling last April that Virginia's law allowing self-distribution by wineries in this state, but not by those beyond its borders, is unconstitutional.So a Virginia winery protection law has brought about a wine wholesalers protection regulation.
And everyone is going to pay more for their vino. Do I laugh or do I cry?
The point to remember: This is the same bunch that is spending your hard-earned tax dollars ... every ... day.
For the love of God.