Archive for March, 2010

Vote for Best Blog Post

March 28, 2010

Today is the last day to vote for the best blog post from Where’s the Wine? Social Media Day. We have a number of worth contenders from bloggers across Tennessee.

Links to all the posts are here.

The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate.

Polls will close Monday morning at 9 AM CST.

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Where’s the Wine? Social Media Day

March 25, 2010

Today is Where’s the Wine? Social Media Day 2010.

We’ll be tracking the day’s activities here, including blog posts, good Tweets, comments from the Facebook wall, and more.

The Red White and Food campaign is nearing an enormous milestone. We are a few hundred members short of 25,ooo. Unless you’re this guy, you will see that as a significant accomplishment.

Please take a few minutes to get involved this year and help the campaign reach a more new people.

Contests

We hare four contests this year:

  • Best blog post (see below for entries and voting)
  • Best Tweet
  • Most referred friends
  • New member

Each winner receives a $100 gift certificate. See our Web site for complete rules.

Blog Contest Voting

We are giving a $100 gift certificate to the best blog post written today (see rules). The list below are the blog posts that are eligible to win. We are updating this list throughout the day.

You will have an opportunity to vote on the best blog post beginning Friday, March 26. The voting will remain open until Monday, March 29.

And The Nominees for Best Blog Post Are…

  1. Tiny Cat Pants — Wine In Grocery Stores
  2. Coyote Chronicles — Gripe Over The Grape
  3. Moms Wear Your Tees — Where is the Wine?
  4. Eat.Drink.Smile — Where’s the Wine?
  5. Speak to Power — Red, White and Food Blog Day – Grown-up Edition
  6. Nashville 21 — $15,700,000
  7. A Disgruntled Republican — Drinking Wine in Turkey
  8. Unspoken Outbursts — To Wine or Not To Wine?
  9. The Squirrel Queen — Where’s the Wine?
  10. Closer to Lucy — Back on the Vino Box
  11. LeftWingCracker — I STILL want to buy wine in a grocery store
  12. Hispanic Nashville — Mack talks to Tennesseans who would be affected by wine in grocery stores
  13. KnoxViews — Where’s the Wine?
  14. Blog de DanceDivaM — Wherein I ask, again, “Where’s the Wine?”
  15. Silence Isn’t Golden — What Happens When You Allow Wine in Grocery Stores

Vote for your favorite of our 15 nominees. Voting is open until 9 a.m. on Monday, March 29. The winning blogger will receive a $100 grocery gift certificate. Who couldn’t use that?

Thanks for voting. We’ll announce the winner on Monday.

Another favorite comment

March 24, 2010

From time to time, we’ll publish our favorite comments to news stories, editorial, and letters to the editor. Here is this week’s favorite.

“He is right about one thing, it IS about money. My money & where/when I’d like to spend it…

To a guest editorial by Baptist preacher Chuck Groover.

More choice for moms

March 23, 2010

A postcard created by opponents of wine in food stores

The postcard above was created by the opponents of Red White and Food. It shows a mom in a grocery store with a small child in the cart and asks, “Is this what we want for Tennessee?”

Well, we do know that nearly two-thirds of Tennesseans support this change. We can’t help but think that a few of them are moms who want choices they don’t have right now.

If mom wants a bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner, she can’t buy it in a food store. Here are the options she has under our current liquor laws:

1) She can take Tommy into the liquor store. If viewing a bottle of wine causes Tommy to form an immediate desire for it then a liquor store is the last place on Earth he should be. And what would he be like if he saw liquor?

2) She can leave Tommy in the car outside the liquor store while she goes inside. Not an option.

3a) She can return home, hire a babysitter, drive to the liquor store for wine, and then drive back home. The cost of that bottle of wine now includes the babysitter, gas, miles on the car, etc.

3b) She can watch Tommy while her spouse goes to the liquor store. Assuming she’s married.

3c) She can ask a relative to watch Tommy while she goes to the liquor store.

4) She can ask her spouse or another family member to purchase it. What if she has no spouse nor family in town?

5a) She can ask a friend to buy it and bring it to her house. As if the friend has nothing better to do.

5b)  She can ask a friend to meet her at the liquor store, buy the wine she wants and bring it out to her car. See 5a.

6)  She can order wine from out-of-state vineyards and have it delivered to her house. The choices are now very limited. And all of that revenue goes to a company with out-of-state operations. Don’t liquor stores object to that as well?

7)  She can just not drink altogether. We’ll let others debate morality; they are certainly not shy about sharing their opinions.

These 10 options lead us to two questions:

1) What did we miss?

2) Why should moms have to make choices or sacrifices when all she wants is a bottle of wine with dinner?

Liquor stores try to justify themselves

March 16, 2010

The Tennessean published a letter to the editor from a person who appears to own a liquor store. It’s the same song and dance that food stores will be irresponsible with sale.

Don’t forget to check the comments. They are least 15 to 1 in favor of allowing wine in food stores, including this gem:

“Wow, I grew up in Virginia. My mom would buy wine at the Safeway, A&P, and other grocery stores that were allowed to sell wine. I did not know she put me in such danger.”

DUI data

March 4, 2010

As promised, we’ve done a deep dive in the DUI data.

Our opponents claim that the availability of more alcohol has to increase the number of DUI arrests. It just has to.

We’ll show you that dog don’t hunt.

ARRESTS FOR ALL AGES

Again, we gathered data from FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports from 2005 to 2008 and compared per capita arrests in states that allow wine sales versus those prohibit it. Here’s the data for all ages:

2005 2006 2007 2008
States allowing wine sales 485.49 517.30 503.83 503.50
States prohibiting wine sales 518.25 502.07 518.35 535.66
Tennessee 479.86 477.58 560.57 531.97

The number of per capita DUI arrests are fewer every year in states that allow wine sales in food stores. In 2008, Tennessee ranked 31st in DUI arrests. Twenty-one states allowing wine in retail food stores had better averages.

2006 was Tennessee’s best year of the four surveyed with 447.58 arrests per capita. Even that year, 14 states with sales in food stores ranked better.

TEENAGE DUI ARRESTS

The same holds true for DUI arrests of people under age 18. Here’s the data:

2005 2006 2007 2008
States allowing wine sales 7.06 8.05 7.29 6.21
States prohibiting wine sales 8.41 8.08 7.56 7.00
Tennessee 3.64 4.08 4.00 4.12

Tennessee ranks favorably compared to national statistics. Fifteen states that allow wine sales in food stores still had better arrest rankings in 2008.

Interestingly, six of the 10 worst states for teenager DUI arrests prohibit wines sales in retail food stores. Only four states prohibiting sales are in the top 10.

WHAT WE’VE LEARNED

Absolutely nothing. We knew this information to be true when we started the campaign several years ago. And, it has remained true to this day.

What we hope at least is that the facts will earn an equal place at the table with conjecture.

Liquor store heroes. Hold on, did we really say that?

March 3, 2010

There must be something in the water in Chattanooga. No wonder Georgia wanted to steal it.

Now that it’s official Costco is coming to Catoosa County, local businesses and customers are reacting.  Besides offering products in bulk, the store will also sell wine by the case.

We talked with the owners of three liquor stores in Brainerd, and they all said they weren’t worried about losing business to Costco.  They hope loyalty and location will keep their customers in Tennessee.

Steve Gilbert is sure his wines will keep selling well, despite the news that Costco is moving in just minutes away.  He says the selection and service at Dodge City Liquors in Brainerd will win out with customers.  “We have service, they won’t, we have selection, they won’t.  We probably have 150 different chardonnays, 100 merlots, the grocery stores aren’t going to have those.”

Read the entire News Channel 9 story.

Alcohol Arrests — 2005-08

March 2, 2010

In politics, scaring people always seems to work. Our opponents love to say that allowing wine in food stores will lead to a rash of alcohol offenses — those infamous “street drinkers” — especially by teenagers who will begin coveting wine.

The only way to fight back are facts.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports are the most consistent arrest reporting locality to locality and state to state. UCRs capture three types of alcohol offenses: DUI, liquor laws, and drunkenness. The reports then break down the offenses by all ages and under 18.

OFFENSES FOR ALL AGES

We’ll open our case with all alcohol offenses for all ages.

The table below shows the offenses per capita (per 100,000 residents) from 2005 to 2008 as divided by the 33 states allowing wine sales in retail food stores versus the 17 that do not.

  2005 2006 2007 2008
States allowing wine sales 872.48 891.63 908.36 922.98
States prohibiting wine sales 1,047.88 1,045.43 1,056.72 1,054.05
Tennessee 1,017.50 1,085.88 1,188.12 1,109.83

The data clearly shows no correlation between the sale of alcohol in food stores and alcohol offenses for all ages. Tennessee’s per capita average is above the national average as well.

OFFENSES FOR UNDER 18

OK, what about teenagers? Here’s the data:

  2005 2006 2007 2008
States allowing wine sales 66.16 71.85 77.93 75.84
States prohibiting wine sales 85.88 88.86 84.08 76.64
Tennessee 39.98 42.01 40.24 38.06

Once again, the data shows that states allowing wine sales in food stores have had fewer arrests per capita of teenagers than states prohibiting wine sales. That’s every year since 2005.

Tennessee is far below the national average in this category. Kudos to everyone who helped keep teenagers away from alcohol. That must be proof that we should keep wine out of the food stores, right? Nope. Sixteen states that allow wine sales, including Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia, and Maryland, all had arrest rates lower than Tennessee.

Any way you cut it, there is no link between wines sales in food stores and liquor offenses.

Later this week, we’ll dive deeper into DUI arrests. Any guess on what we’ll find?