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Summary of changing states

Wow, there have been a lot of changes to direct shipping laws this year and we are not even at the six month mark! Many reciprocal and prohibited states are becoming permit states. This is good news for wineries and consumers, but it is hard to keep track of all the changes. There are several […]

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Colorado bill signed by Governor Owens

Effective on July 1st, 2006, Colorado will officially move from a reciprocal state to a limited-direct state. See the file in the ShipCompliant Document Library for the full details of House Bill 1120, which will establish a permit system for in-state and out-of-state wineries. Governor Bill Owens signed the bill on Thursday. Colorado was previously […]

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Maryland to allow self-distribution

Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich is expected to sign into law a bill that would allow in-state and out-of-state wineries to sell directly to retailers. Senate Bill 812 would allow any licensed U.S. winery that produces less than 27,500 gallons to self distribute to Maryland restaurants and retailers. This bill does not improve the situation in […]

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Legislation update

There has been a flurry of wine legislation activity around the country recently… Indiana: House Bill 1016 was approved by the Indiana House and Senate and awaits signature from the governor. This is one of the stranger bills out there to say the least. It allows for limited direct shipments from both in-state and out-of-state […]

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The role of retailers

Pending court cases in Washington and Texas will set precedent throughout the country for determining the role of retailers in the world of wine shipping. Before digging in, let’s start with a terminology summary: Direct Shipment: The direct shipment of wine from wineries (suppliers) to end consumers. Wineries may ship via common carrier (UPS and […]

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Great News from the State of Minnesota

Minnesota has lifted their ban on internet wine sales and advertisements. A Consent Order was entered on April 3, 2006, in the case of Kimberly Crockett, et al vs. Michael Campion, Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, et al, wherein it was declared that the plaintiff and other wineries have the right under the […]

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Colorado bill sent to Governor

Colorado House Bill 1120 passed the House and is now in the hands of Governor Owens. The bill would remove reciprocity language and create a limited direct model with equal access from all states. Colorado consumers will no longer be required to make an initial onsite visit to a licensed winery before making offsite purchases. […]

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Court cases left and right

We’ve seen a lot of activity over the past two weeks in the court room that will have some big impacts on the direct shipping landscape. We’re going to take a look at recent activity in Washington, Texas, Minnesota, and Maryland in the next few days.

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Application forms to direct ship wine to Michigan are now available!

Michigan�s direct shipping application process appears to be very straightforward (at least compared to other forms I have read through recently). Wineries who wish to ship wine directly to Michigan consumers must complete the Michigan Liquor Control Commission�s (MLCC) Direct Shipper Application, pay the $100 permit fee and register with the Michigan Department of Treasury. […]

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Annie Bones

We’re pleased to announce that our friend Annie Bones is joining us as a contributing blogger. Annie is the State Relations Coordinator for the Wine Institute and her first post is coming shortly…

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New York reciprocal shipping privileges and quantity limits

As if keeping track of over 7,500 direct shipping rules wasn’t hard enough already! Let’s start with a little background on the issue of New York reciprocal privileges. Even though they published their advisory in August of 2005 (after the Granholm decision), the New York regulations included the following language about reciprocity. The newly enacted […]

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Washington opens for non-reciprocal states

Governor Chris Gregoire signed into law a bill that will allow all out of state wineries to ship to directly to Washington consumers. Previously, Washington had reciprocity arrangements with 13 states. The new regulations will make it more difficult for those 13 states because they will be required to obtain a direct shipping permit and […]

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Idaho removes reciprocity

Idaho officially removed its reciprocity language in House Bill No. 454, establishing itself as a limited direct state. Idaho joins California and Washington as reciprocal states that moved to a limited direct model to comply with Granholm. Other reciprocal states are likely soon to follow, including Colorado and Hawaii. With the new legislation, which goes […]

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Indiana bill passes House and Senate, awaits Governor's signature

A legislative compromise in Indiana passed the House on Monday and the Senate on Tuesday and now heads to the Governor for final approval and signature. The Senate approved the legislation only after the group of 9 wineries that sued the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission agreed to drop their lawsuit. Although it is fantastic […]

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Dry Counties in Florida

We’ve received a number or inquiries about the dry counties in Florida. Starting with a little background… In the new Wine Shipment into Florida page, you will find the following text: Dry Counties Pursuant to Section 568.02, Florida Statutes, it is unlawful to sell alcoholic beverages containing more than 6.243 percent of alcohol by volume […]

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Setback in Maine

The Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee of Maine voted 8-2 against a proposal to allow direct shipments via a permit system. A fight is expected on the House floor. Read more here, especially the Reader Comments section at the bottom of the article. Here are a few choice quotes: As a Mainer who loves wine, […]

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Hawaii moves to end reciprocity

Two similar bills would create a limited direct model in Hawaii, which currently has reciprocity with 13 other states. The proposals are similar to the laws established in New York, Connecticut, and Texas with a permit requirement and a per customer limit of 24 cases per individual per year. Read more here.

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Kentucky bill passes Senate, would prohibit direct shipments

Senate Bill 82, which prohibits direct shipments in Kentucky, passed the state Senate and now moves to the House. Winery owners claim that this bill would kill the Kentucky wine industry. A second bill in Kentucy that would allow small wineries to ship directly to retailers remains in House committee. This article has some very […]

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