In case you might not have seen these two recent comments under the “Favorite Wine Shop” entry, Elisabeth writes:
“Dayton’s wine shops are a great place to start, but when you get the wine bug real bad, it pays to shop online. My favorite online store for both European and domestic wine is K&L, online at klwines.com. Yes, you’ll have to pay for shipping, but their prices are quite low, and the selection can’t be matched by any store locally.”
K&L Wine Merchants is located in northern California, by the way.
Elisabeth’s advice prompted this reply from Mike:
“Does K&L employ local people, pay local taxes, support local charities, hold local wine-tastings, or do anything for the local retail landscape?”
Perfectly legal online wine shopping has been available to Ohioans for years through web-based retailers such as Wine.com. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision has paved the way for an expansion of wine shopping online, although Ohio legislators still may slap restrictions on the practice later this year. Some California wineries have mailed notices to Ohio customers announcing that it is now legal for them to ship wine to Ohio — and pointing out that consumers should fill out the proper form and pay taxes to Ohio’s state government to make the transaction entirely legal. Such purchases circumvent Ohio’s “three-tier” distribution system that mandates minimum markups from the distributor to the retailer and from the retailer to the consumer.
Does this make online wine shopping the right thing to do for you? What about the issues that Mike raises?
Link to “post a comment” and let us know what you think.