How I wished I could have ordered a case from Pindar on Long Island, New York or Stratus on the Niagara escarpment in Ontario. When I visited tasting rooms in Walla Walla's or the Napa Valley, for example, it pains me to see the disappointment on the faces of folks from states such as Pennsylvania or Massechusetts. Wine lovers need to do something about this.
Jeremy Benson, executive director of Free the Grapes, says that the current patchwork of arcane rules, are "the complete opposite of direct-from-grower, farmer's-market-like that consumers - especially, fine wine consumers- want"( www.freethegrapes.org ). E-mail the Washington State Liquor Control Board in Olympia at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell them to expedite rule making to allow Washington wineries to ship directly to consumers in New York, so that we can have reciprocity and get some of that Pindar! Better yet, write to your Congressperson advocating WAFTA! (Wines of America Free Trade Agreement), so we can quaff whatever wine we want.