Sales Manager for Hyatt Vineyards, David Adair said "[wine is] just a huge very valuable input for every economy here. If that's threatened, those dollars will go away."Consumer choice? Feh. What else does Adair want the government to ban from grocery stores in order to protect his shelf feet? Grape soda? Milk?
Initiative 1100, on the ballot this November would privatize liquor sales.
Adair says if I-1100 passes, it will hurt the local wine industry because it would take wine off store shelves, to make room for hard liquor.
"We need as many shelf feet as we can get. Those shelf feet are going to be smaller when spirits are allowed to be sold outside of the state liquor system," Adair said.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
We swear we're not making this up. It was on an eastern Washington TV or radio station website last week, and seems to have disappeared into the memory hole. Silly us, we saved the text, but forgot the link. You'll just have to take our word for it, the quote is better than anything we could imagine. From a wine maker in Zillah:
Posted by Yes 1100 No 1105 at 11:13 AM