WSWA Responds to One-Sided, Inaccurate Daily Beast Article on Direct-To-Consumer Shipping of Spirits


WSWA Sheds Light on Inaccuracies and Provides Facts to Counter Article Written by Susannah Skiver Barton

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) expected true journalism from Susannah Skiver Barton in an article published by the Daily Beast yesterday (Your Favorite Distilleries Want to Send You Whiskey), and was disappointed with the one-sided reporting on direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping of alcohol. WSWA’s position and the current DTC marketplace was misrepresented and key issues with current DTC shipping of wine were failed to be mentioned. Furthermore, the vital social responsibility spirits producers need to meet should their lobbying efforts succeed with expanding interstate DTC spirits shipping, were also not addressed.

Skiver Barton opened her article by implying that the non-alcoholic “Scottish Soda” that she receives DTC is convenient and therefore, she argues, alcohol should have the same privileges. However, Skiver Barton fails to mention the obvious differences between consumer products and alcohol. Alcohol is not like every other good or product, and consumers know this.

Click here to read the article at Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.

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