The Food With Wine Coalition is the Kentucky version of our campaign. We have shared information and ideas back and forth the last year. We support them, and they support us.
It turns out that our opponents are apparently sharing the same playbook -– the same nefarious playbook.
Our opponents are the Tennesseans Against Teen Drinking. They are most visible through their website www.stopteendrinkingtn.org. The organization claims to be committed to teens and preventing access to alcohol. Tennesseans Against Teen Drinking does not have a board of directors. As far as we can tell, it hasn’t held any events, except for posing in front of a liquor store for a picture. It doesn’t even have a snail mail address.
If you dig (by “dig,” we mean find the one link buried at the bottom of a page) into their website, you will find that organization is primarily sponsored by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Tennessee and the Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retail Association. These are the two groups who have the most to gain by maintaining Tennessee’s government sanctioned monopoly on wine sales.
Kentucky’s opponents are playing the same game. Their website is entitled Distilling The Truth. If you distill down their website, here’s what you find. No board. No events. A lot of dire predictions about a future where consumers have more choices. And, you have to really search to discover that the content (COUGH! funding COUGH!) was provided Kentucky Liquor Retailers Coalition.
We can’t figure out why these organizations are so embarrassed to acknowledge publicly that they are funded and managed by the people who distribute and sell wine and spirits. It’s not as if educated consumers can’t figure that out.
Let’s close the loop on this whole transparency topic. Red White and Food is a campaign to allow retail food stores to sell wine. The Tennessee Grocers & Convenience Store Association is the primary sponsor.