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'Honor System' in Florida

Wineries shipping to Florida are currently on the ‘honor system’ until permanent legislation is passed. A bill was introduced recently that would establish a permit system, excise tax, and sales tax. Read more here.

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Indiana wineries reach compromise… but Senator kills wine bill

Shortly after a compromise was reached in Indiana that would allow direct shipments with a 24 case per year limit per individual and a 1,000 case limit per winery, Senate President Pro Tempore Robert D. Garton sent the bill to the Senate Rules Committee, which is considered a “graveyard for legislation”. Instead of helping to […]

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FedEx to allow Florida shipping March 1st

FedEx’s legal team reacted quite quickly this time and announced today that they will begin shipping wine to Florida as early as March 1st (next Wednesday). What a great market to finally be open to great wines!

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Flip-flop by Rendell gives hope to wineries

Earlier we noted that Pennsylvania Governor Rendell opposed direct wine shipments because they would increase the chance that minors receive alcohol. After taking a lot of heat for that “colossal lie”, Rendell changed his tune and is now saying that it’s all about state revenue. “The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which manages the state’s 640 […]

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MA Congress overrides Romney veto, court challenge likely

The Massachusetts House and Senate overrode a veto by Governor Milt Romney , writing into law a bill that will allow small farm wineries that produce less than 30,00 gallons per year to ship directly to consumers. It also allows residents to take home bottles of wine purchased at restaurants if the restaurant re-corks the […]

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Rendell opposes direct shipments

Pennsylvania Governor Rendell wants to “maintain the state system” where consumers that order out of state wine must pick them up at a state-controlled liquor store. In this system, consumers must pay an 18 % state tax, a 6% sales tax, and a $4.50 handling fee. The governor’s office claims that this is necessary to […]

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Competing bills in Kentucky

Two competing bills are alive in Kentucky, but neither are very favorable for wineries. One that made it out of state House committee would only allow onsite sales for small farm wineries. The second made it through the state Senate and would force all wineries to use wholesalers. Read more here.

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Small farm winery bill passes Arizona Senate committee

Three wine shipping bills were proposed in Arizona, and one made it out of the Senate committee. This bill would allow small farm wineries that produce less then 50,000 gallons each year to make offsite shipments of wine to Arizona consumers. The Arizona distributors, of course, are pulling out all the stops to prohibit direct […]

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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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Wyoming close to compliance

A Wyoming bill unanimously passed the House Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee that would bring Wyoming to compliance with Granholm. Wyoming is currently a limited direct states that allows licensed out-of-state wineries to ship up to two cases per year directly to consumers. However, in-state wineries are treated differently. The new legislation effectively applies […]

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Florida officially opens

In a letter to the Wine Institute yesterday, Simone Marstiller, Secretary of Florida�s Department of Business and Professional Regulation, announced that out-of-state wineries can officially make wine shipments into the state of Florida. In August, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled in the case of Bainbridge, et al. v. Turner that Florida’s wine shipping laws […]

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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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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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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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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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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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"Vino Limbo" in Pennsylvania

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

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