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Maine in play

A new bill would open up shipments to Maine, which is currently a Prohibited state. See the story here.

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FedEx approved to ship wine to New York

The State of New York Division of Alcoholic Beverage yesterday officially approved FedEx to make wine shipments directly to New York consumers. Carriers approved to ship to New York are required to “capture and maintain specific information, including a signature and the New York Out-of-State Direct Shipper�s license number of out-of-state wineries.” Both FedEx and […]

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South Dakota bill killed in committee

House Bill 1187 would have allowed for limited direct shipments to consumers in South Dakota, but was shot down by the House Commerce Committee, with heavy oposition from the three-tier lobby.

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Maryland comptroller blocks self-distribution

From the Baltimore Business Journal: Maryland wineries will be prevented from directly selling their wines to retail stores and restaurants starting March 31, according to an administrative ruling the state’s comptroller’s office issued earlier this month.

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Idaho to uncork wine shipping legislation

Add Idaho to the long list of states that are currently revisiting their wine direct shipping legislation. The proposed legislation is being pushed by the Wine Institute and would create a limited direct model with a $50 permit and a customer aggregate volume limit of 24 cases per year.

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Illinois wineries fight back

With the help of the press, wineries in Illiinois turn the tables on the powerful Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois.

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Florida moves one step closer

Pending legislation in Florida would create a limited direct model for shipping wine directly to consumers where out-of-state wineries would need to obtain a $100 permit and pay the appropriate taxes.

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"Vino Limbo" in Pennsylvania

Paul Nussbaum of the Philadelphia Inquirer gives good insight into the “wine-law chaos” in PA.

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Kansas to open?

We noted earlier that Kansas was revisiting their laws and leaning towards prohibition. However, a new bill sent to the Senate would open up direct shipments to retailers and consumers, as long as the consumers pick up the wine at a licensed liquor store. Lawmakers in Kansas are keeping a close eye on the Costco […]

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FedEx announces wine shipping website

FedEx recently unveiled its new wine shipping website. You can view the site by going to http://fedex.com/us/wine/ . On this site you will find some good information about the FedEx wine shipping policies and requirements. There is also a state pairing guide showing the states to which FedEx ships for direct to consumer offsite, onsite, […]

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Colorado bill passes House Finance Committee

In their effort to become compliant with the Granholm decision, Colorado introduced a limited direct bill that would ease restrictions on shipping wine. Currently, consumers in Colorado can not make offsite purchases from wineries unless they have visited that winery in the past. The new legislation would remove this previous visit requirement.

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Kansas revisits wine shipping laws

A pending bill in the Kansas Legislature would prohibit the direct shipment of wine to consumers altogether. Currently, Kansas in-state wineries can sell directly to consumers, but out-of-state wineries are required to use the three-tier system. This uneven treatment was deemed unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court in May 2005. As a result of the […]

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Proposed legislation in Illinois would limit off-site sales

Following up on our previous post, small wineries are once again crying foul in Illinois over legislation introduced by the Illinois distributor lobby. The bill would require an initial on-site purchase before off-site sales can be made and would establish a customer aggregate volume limit of two cases per year. Illinois wineries are taking issue […]

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Romney introduces new bill

After vetoing a bill passed by the Massachusetts House and Senate in January, Governer Milt Romney introduced his own bill that would allow for “unrestricted wine sales” while providing mechansims for preventing the sale of wine to minors.

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Let the wine flow in Illinois

Editorial from the Chicago Tribune: If lawmakers are going to get back in the wine game, they should promote competition and protect consumers from unnecessary middlemen and their markups. Otherwise, stay out.

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Ohio opponents "just want to protect their monopolies"

Here’s a good update on the legislation process in Ohio from Mark Fisher.

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Indiana wholesalers attempt to buy the vote

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Indiana Political Action Committee gave over $180,000 between 2000 and 2004 to Indiana politicians and candidates. The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette explains why there is no wonder that favorable legislation was introduced there. It is no secret that the wine wholesalers and distributors wield tremendous power in every state. […]

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IBG Announces REThink Wine Trade

Inertia Beverage Group announced today a new program called REThink Wine Trade. The program would give restaurants a means to place wholesale orders directly with producers. This is an interesting concept. “Direct to the trade” compliance will certainly be a challenge for IBG. However, this once again gets back to the theme discussed by FTC […]

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