I promised a few weeks ago more details on whether state lawmakers will allow the sale of wine in Connecticut supermarkets to help boost revenues.
The story touches on the division among state wineries over the proposal.
Want further proof? Read the following e-mail sent out in reaction to my piece by Keith Bishop, wine maker for Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford.
Mr. Bishop spent several minutes on the phone with me last night explaining his concerns about allowing grocery stores to market wine. While some claim this would be a boost for Connecticut wineries, Bishop believes it will be a losing battle with cheaper big name wines for shelf space and could also cut into visits tourists make to vineyards on the state’s wine trail.
In his e-mail, sent to the Governor and Department of Agriculture, Bishop complains my article mis-identified Gary Crump, co-owner of Priam Vineyards in Colchester and a supporter of selling wines in supermarkets, as President of the Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council.
Not only is that how Crump identified his role to me, but it’s a title he uses on his vineyard website.
The full text of Bishop’s e-mail is below and here’s a link for more info on the Connecticut Farm Wine Development Council.
I hope Bishop and Crump can settle their differences. Guys, I’ve tasted your product and you both make great local wines. Isn’t that what counts?