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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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Proposal from Virginia wineries might not make it out of committee

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch: The House ABC and Gaming subcommittee voted 4-1 to recommend that the General Laws Committee kill a bill that would preserve the right of small Virginia wineries to distribute their products to restaurants and stores.

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Wine shipping fight begins in Illinois

Sound familiar? The Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois are pushing for a bill in Illinois that would prohibit direct shipments. Illinois wineries are crying foul and pushing their own counter-legislation. This will be interesting to watch as Chicago is a large wine market.

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Costco case could set precedent for Arizona

Interesting editorial explaining why Arizona is watching the Costco case in Washington closely.

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Delaware lawyer and Pennsylvania winery sue over wine law

A federal lawsuit seeks to ease the direct shipping restrictions in Delaware. Currently, Delaware prohibits out of state wineries from shipping directly to consumers.

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New California laws take effect today

California officially moves to a limited direct model for interstate wine shipping today. Out-of-state wineries will be required to obtain a Type 82 permit from the California ABC for $10 annually and a Certificate of Use Tax from the California Board of Equalization.

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Costco wins key ruling in Washington

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “A federal judge said in two separate rulings Wednesday that Washington’s system for distributing beer and wine violates the Constitution and the Sherman Act.” We will keep a close eye on this case as it will likely have a big impact on wine shipping in Washington and other states as well. […]

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Granholm signs Michigan direct shipping bill into law

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed into law the direct shipping bill passed by the state House. The bill allows in-state and out-of-state wineries to ship up to 1,500 cases per year to Michigan residents. Click here to see the final legislation.

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Opposing legislation to be introduced in Indiana next month

When the Indiana General Assembly reconvenes next month, at least two bills will be introduced that address the issue of wine direct shipping. As is usually the case, one bill would allow direct shipments from both in-state and out-of-state wineries and one bill would prohibit direct shipments.

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New York approves UPS for interstate shipping

After a long delay, New York finally approved UPS for interstate shipments. Permitted out-of-state wineries can now ship into New York via UPS. FedEx is expected to be approved soon as well. To see a complete listing of UPS allowed states for direct, onsite, and licensee to licensee shipments, you can visit the UPS Wine […]

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Michigan House votes to allow the direct shipment of wine

The Detroit News reports: The state House on Tuesday voted 104-0 to approve legislation that would allow in-state and out-of-state wineries to ship up to 1,500 cases of wine a year directly to consumers. Direct shipment by out-of-state wineries had been banned under a state law ruled unconstitutional earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme […]

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State liquor board suggesting wine shipment bill

The state of Washington considers moving to a Limited Direct model.

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Massachusetts Governor vetoes wine bill

MA Governor Romney vetoed a bill passed by the House and Senate, calling it anti-consumer. “This bill does not give wine lovers the opportunity to purchase the bottlings they want”, he said “It creates artificial barriers to protect Massachusetts wholesalers at the expense of a free market.”

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Indiana (and Kentucky) wine law challenged

Nine Indiana wineries push the courts to allow in-state shipments of wine. Add Kentucky and Indiana to the list of states that will revisit their legislation in 2006.

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Pennsylvania judge strikes down out-of-state wine sales law

From law.com: “A federal judge has struck down a Pennsylvania law that prohibits out-of-state wineries from making direct sales to Pennsylvania consumers, hotels and restaurants after rejecting an argument that the law’s constitutional defect could be cured by extending the prohibition to in-state wineries.”

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Federal Trade Commission speech shows support for direct shipping

In a speech by Commissioner Jon Leibowitz titled Competition in the Information Society Uncorked and Unplugged, Leibowitz provides some great insight into interstate wine laws. I would encourage you to read this speech in its entirety, but here are a few choice passages: the Internet is crucial to consumers. Barriers to e-commerce – whether erected […]

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Federal judge allows out of state shipments in Michigan

Michigan wine lovers won a big victory Tuesday when a federal judge in Detroit ruled that out-of-state wineries can ship directly to Michigan consumers — a privilege once accorded only to Michigan producers.

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Ohio House considers easing restrictions on wine shipping

State Rep. Jon Husted, R-Kettering and other Ohio legislators are leaning towards a less restrictive shipping system. I like this passage from Mark Fisher of Uncorked and the Dayton Daily News: Earth to rabble-rousers: teen-agers looking to score alcohol are not going to get online, order a case of fine cabernet sauvignon from a boutique […]

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