I'm a wine producer, not a lawyer, but I am interested in a bill that is trade compliant. If that has to permit some imported wine to be traded, so be it. If that means blended wines, so-called ICB wines, or international-Canadian blends, are traded, so be it.
The fact is that the overwhelming majority of wine trading in this channel in the U.S. is premium and super-premium authentic wine. This is tourist-generated. Commercial ICB wines are available in any liquor store in the country. Go down to your corner liquor store and buy it. Why would you pay an extra $3 to $5 a bottle to ship it from the other side of the country? It's not an effective distribution channel. But for wines that are hard to find, that are premium, that are made by small family businesses having limited distribution across the country, this could potentially be a very important channel for those types of businesses.
We know that is the case in Europe and the United States, among other countries. Our colleagues tell us that this is a really important aspect of their business.