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The Battle of Washington State

Robert Taylor, Harris Meyer
Issue: November 30, 2010

When Washington voters go to the polls this Election Day, they have the opportunity to fundamentally reshape their state's alcohol regulations, shaking up a system little changed since the end of Prohibition. Two ballot initiatives would end state control of liquor sales and change how retailers and restaurants purchase and sell wine, beer and spirits. The dueling proposals, I-1100 and I-1105, have sparked a furious battle, with big retailers such as Costco squaring off against alcohol wholesalers and big breweries. Wine Spectator's Robert Taylor and Harris Meyer explain.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands November 9, 2010.

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