The Cork Tax and Wine Monopolies. How can you help? If you live in New York, click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you do not live in New York, share and spread the word to everyone you know who loves wine. With enough support and activism, we can defeat the proposed Cork Tax and go about what we enjoy doing most – sharing and drinking good wine.
Originally posted on The Wine Culture Project:
As I get my bag ready for another day on the road in snowy New Jersey, I had to take a few minutes to ask for your help in fighting off a dire threat to not only David Bowler Wine, but other like-minded importers and distributors in the New York Metropolitan area. The threat is the Cork Tax that is currently working its way through the New York State Legislature*. If this bill passes, wholesalers who distribute their wines in New York will be required to store those wines in a New York warehouse. Known as an “at-rest” law, this proposed legislation can have a dramatic effect on the New York wine market. How so?
Prices for wines distributed by those who warehouse in New Jersey will go up in order for distributors to recoup the costs associated with real estate, rent, and taxes. And we are not talking about a few cents a bottle here – in the end, the consumer will be paying dollars more per bottle. In a wine market with the diversity that New York provides, prices for wines of all qualities and styles are competitive with any other market in the United States.
And as for the diversity of products, there is a very good chance that if the Cork Tax is passed, the diversity in wine that makes New York the best wine hub in the world will be compromised and fewer selections will be available. Why? Because many of the importers that bring you your favorite wines from Jasnieres, the Mosel, Coonawarra or Mendoza are brick and mortar operations that are barely scraping by as it is in as they build their companies from the ground up one producer at a time. Any additional costs that these companies have to incur increased the likelihood that these wines will disappear entirely from the New York market.