Soliciting Winery, Distributor, and Restaurateur thoughts on Initiative 1183

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As I wrote in a previous post, the November ballot in Washington State features another liquor privatization initiative, Initiative 1183. I am interested in hearing the thoughts of people across the three tiers - wineries, distributors, and restaurateurs - on what they see as the positives and/or negatives for their industries and for consumers about the proposed changes. I am particularly interested in the changes related to the wine industry, specifically:

1. Allowing wineries and distributors to offer volume discounts

2. Allowing retailers and restaurants to distribute wine to their own stores from a central warehouse

If you are interested in sharing your thoughts, please e-mail me at I will subsequently summarize these thoughts for a future post about this initiative. Note that I am happy to take emailed comments either for attribution or to quote anonymously in my subsequent post.

Sean P. Sullivan


  1. The three tier system works well for all. All 1183 does is give the bigger more money and that is what it is all about. I have a wine shop in Vancouver, WA and as is sits Cosco just wants to be able to make twice the money being a distributor and retailer.

  2. There's no 'n' in 'restaurateur'.

  3. David, thanks for the catch! I have corrected it.