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Mar 11

Wine in Ky Groceries?

I’m always getting forwards and online petitions from folks. I tend to just delete them.

But one of them caught my eye today, as I’m sure my friend who sent it intended. I verified it before publishing (as all good bloggers do), so now I’m sharing.

For a while, I’ve been following the story of trying to get wine into Ky grocery stores, similar to Ohio. Having lived in Ohio for a good deal of time, I was accustomed to this. When I moved to Ky, I learned that it’s sort of a pain to go put all my groceries in the car, esp in the summer heat, and run back to the separate liquor store to buy wine. My methods changed – I started shopping at the larger stores, such as Party Town and Party Source, and making trips specifically geared towards wine and liquor.

As you can read in this article from the Louisville Courier-Journal, these types of stores aren’t at all happy with the bill. Based on my personal example, I understand why. It would definitely hurt their business. However, I know that I can always get better prices at Party Source than I can the Kroger Liquor Store. I also know that Liquor Direct, Party Town, and Party Source all have much better and broader selections in just about everything than my local Kroger liquor store. So why go to Kroger?

The argument being used by the Food & Wine Coalition is a bit weak. They say it will help sell Ky Wines. I’m not so sure about that and I think they need to change their tact. I admit that in stores like Remke, where there is a Kentucky-Proud area of the store with local products, Ky wine would get a nice feature. But I can’t exactly see that happening in Kroger or other larger chain stores.

But if this bill does past, grocery stores would get a big boost. Women are the fastest growing segment of the wine-buying market. Who does most of the grocery shopping in a family? Right, the girls. Grocery stores know that gearing the right wines towards women in their store is a boon – once you’re buying dinner, why not pick up a bottle of that Mad Housewife Cab to go with your steak?

There are other reasons, but I suspect that’s at the heart of it.

For me, well, it would occasionally just be convenient to drive right down the street and still pay less than the high prices usually (but not always) found at the local Cork and Bottle.

More information on how you can help make this happen is after the jump.

From that Email Forward I recieved (vetted, verified, and grammatically fixed by me, folks – it’s legit):

Send a "Get Active" message directly to YOUR
Kentucky House of Representatives member. Click here to visit a new "Get Active" campaign and simply enter your name,
email, and address. A pre-written email supporting a change in
Kentucky law to allow the sale of wine in food stores will be sent
directly to your legislator.

It takes less than
a minute to participate and even if you can’t recall your legislators
name, the system will send the message to your legislator based on your
address information.  (Of course, your information is NOT shared or used
outside of the Food with Wine Coalition team.)

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