Company suspends sales of NRA-branded wines due to customer feedback


Vinesse Wines, the company that runs the NRA Wine Club, suspended the sales of NRA-branded collections on its website.

On Tuesday morning, Vinesse’s “NRA Collector’s Series” of Chardonnay and Merlot were no longer available on the company’s website. A customer service representative told ThinkProgress that Vinesse removed the NRA-branded products because of customer feedback.

“Many people have called in regards to the whole NRA situation,” the representative said, adding that managers are still discussing how to move forward. “They’re looking into it,” he added.

A manager was not immediately available for comment.

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Since 2013, Vinesse has offered the NRA wine club — with an “exclusive first-time offer” of “4 exceptional wines for just $29.99” —  and “NRA Collector’s Series” packages of wine. It was not immediately clear if the suspension was a decision by Vinesse or the wine labels.

On Tuesday, the NRA member benefits website still linked to a website selling the wine club which appears to be functioning.

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If Vinesse decides to completely end its relationship with the NRA, the company would be the latest in a long and growing list of companies distancing themselves from the NRA. After ThinkProgress reported last Tuesday a list of more than two dozen companies doing business with the gun lobby, the nation’s largest privately held bank, First National Bank of Omaha, said it would stop issuing the NRA Visa card. On Thursday, Enterprise Holdings, which operates three major car rental companies, said it would stop offering a discount to NRA members. And on Friday, security software company Symantec, home security company SimpliSafe, auto insurer MetLifecar rentals Avis and Budget, and moving companies Allied and North American Van lines cut ties. Over the weekend, Delta and United Airlines, software company Wild Apricotcar buying service TrueCar, pharmacy benefits manager ParamountRx, and hearing aid company Starkey Technologies followed.

On Monday, Republic Bank confirmed it would no longer offer NRA Visa prepaid credit cards, Securian Financial Group said it would not market various insurance policies to NRA members, and Lockton said it would stop offering the NRA Carry Guard insurance policies.

“In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve,” the NRA said in a statement Saturday.