Monday, September 22, 2008

Mon Dieu! French Ban Internet Alcohol Advertising

Those crazy French.

According to a recent article in the London Times, France’s pre-Internet ban on alcohol advertising means they can’t link to anything alcoholic online.

That means that if I were in France, I couldn’t link to Borgognes-Faively or Vins du Beaujolais (Beaujolais Wines) or even Domaine St├ęphane Aladame, let alone visit them. (Holland's Heineken Beer website was forced to block access from all French computers.)

Good God, I’m violating French alcohol laws! Won’t somebody stop me?!?!

(So is it a violation of those laws to ask one of those wineries to send me a couple bottles for pimping their website?) (Wine photo from London Telegraph.)

(Wine photo from London Telegraph.)

8 comments:

  1. I would encourage the French authorities to come speak with me about the issue, but I'm afraid they would surrender.

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  2. Next time there's a war in Europe, the loser has to keep France.

    Wait a minute, my Grandfather was from France... Thanks for reminding me that Nouveau Beaujolais is in a couple of weeks. Time to start planning.

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  3. Don't think you can have any wine delivered to your house via the USPS. Sorry dude.

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  4. Probably not from France, but they're finally loosening the rules in Indiana. Not sure how, but I think we can at least receive wine via USPS.

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  5. After much research, I've found that you can't "legally" ship alcohol via US Mail, UPS, FedEx, etc. -- it has to go through an authorized distributor that pays our Gov. Daniels the extra taxes and license fees. (Oddly enough, you also can't ship French perfume ... it's considered hazardous material. Obviously the US Postmaster has MET my ex-girlfriend.)

    Worse: if you're an Indiana resident, you can only receive 24 cases of wine per year. Fortunately though it says right on the legislation that it's the consumer's responsibility to track and adhere to that little statue, not the winery's. I mean, hey, I'm a pro, but by the time I've gotten to that 288th bottle, I've pretty much lost count.

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  6. Can only receive 24 cases per year per winery, or 24 cases per year, period.

    I didn't know that about the delivery service. I just assumed it was UPS or USPS.

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  7. It's 24 cases per yer period. Apparently we're supposed to assure the distributor that our most recent purchase does not take us over our 24 case limit when we place the order. At least, that's the way I read this:

    “…[T}he Commission, until further notice, [agrees] not to take enforcement action against the holder of a direct wine seller’s permit for violation of I.C. 7.1-3-26-14 (annual limit on wine received by a consumer), provided that: (1) the holder of the direct wine seller’s permit has not directly shipped in excess of 216 liters within the calendar year to the particular Indiana consumer; (2) the direct wine seller has no actual knowledge that the particular consumer has received in excess of 216 liters within the calendar year; and (3) at the time of the sale transaction, the consumer represents to the direct wine seller that the sale will not result in the consumer receiving in excess of 216 liters in the calendar year.”

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