Tennessee is a red state. The last election proved that.
The liquor retailers who testified at the Nov. 17 ABC subcommittee hearing repeatedly referred to the proposal to sell wine in retail food stores as a “liberalization of Tennessee liquor laws.”
Did we miss something? When did a more open market that gives consumers more choices become a liberal ideal?
A liberalization of the laws would be lowering the drinking age, which no one in the retail food store industry is advocating. In fact, the industry pushed for the Responsible Vendor Act and its mandatory carding provision that is the biggest deterrent to underage people trying to buy beer. The same standards would apply to wine sales. No other state has laws as strict as Tennessee. Tennessee liquor stores don’t even follow a similar standard.
Red, White & Food is not a political platform. It is a consumer platform. Our members, who number in the thousands, want the option of picking up a bottle of wine they like where the buy food.
Consumer choice is not red, blue, or purple. It’s black and white.