Wine Institute’s Wendell Lee Speaks on HR 5034

Wineries have adamantly opposed HR 5034 (or the CARE Act) since it was introduced in April. For the Wine Institute, it's about disrupting the balance of power between the supplier and wholesaler tiers. We spoke with Wendell Lee, general counsel for the Wine Institute, who outlined their thoughts on the bill and what it would mean for the industry. "The Commerce Clause is not the kryptonite to the Twenty-first Amendment," he told us. "They just have to live together and peacefully co-exist. But if you remove the Commerce Clause, and if you remove the federal and Constitutional influence over state laws, then you have a situation where nobody's monitoring the exercise of that super power." You, dear reader, are a fly on the wall.

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