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January 28, 2011

Direct Shipping bill introduced today

I just received this press release from the MD Direct Wine Shipping Advocates.

Take a look:

Carrying the most sponsors of any bills introduced this session, Senator Jamie Raskin and Delegate Jolene Ivey have submitted legislation to allow direct shipping of wine to Maryland residents.

The House legislation, introduced Friday, is sponsored by 83 delegates--including Speaker of the House Michael Busch, Economic Matters Committee chairman Dereck Davis, and vice-chair David Rudolph.

The Senate legislation carries 32 sponsors--a clear majority of the Senate.

The legislation is based on the most common practices of the states that allow direct shipping of wine nationwide.

The Office of the Comptroller's comprehensive "Direct Wine Shipping Study" surveyed 37 jurisdictions that currently allow direct shipping and polled Maryland alcohol licensees and consumers.

"With the Comptroller's direct shipping study conclusively debunking all of the myths around this issue, especially underage access, the bill is cleared for passage," said Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association.

"Maryland consumers should be proud of the legislation introduced this week by Sen. Raskin and Del. Ivey," said John Hesse, Executive Director of Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws.  "Responsible Maryland adults want to order domestic and imported wines from wineries and retailers just as they do other consumer products.  This legislation as it stands will finally bring Maryland into the 21st Century."

"Adult consumers in 37 states and the District of Columbia already have the right to receive wines of their choice by direct shipment following the laws of their states," said Terri Cofer Beirne of the Wine Institute. "Wine Institute supports the thoughtful recommendation of Maryland's Comptroller to allow adults in Maryland the same privilege."

"The state's wineries fully support this bill and are anxious to start shipping their Maryland-made products to the thousands of winery visitors who ask for this service each year," Atticks said.

The bill is endorsed by the Maryland Wineries Association, Wine Merchants Association of Maryland, Wine Institute, Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws and the Maryland Farm Bureau.

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 3:40 PM | | Comments (6)


Wine only? No beer, or spirits?

So much for a "Beer of the Month" or "Bourbon of the Month" club.......

Agree with Mr Mitchell, I want a bill that covers alcohol NOT just wine!

We would love to find a champion for these other beverages to organize the efforts in Annapolis. If you are interested in adding beer to the beverages that could potentially be shipped, please check out the Contact page on

We would love to find a champion for these other beverages to organize the efforts in Annapolis. If you are interested in adding beer to the beverages that could potentially be shipped, please check out the Contact page on

If I understand the bill correctly it only covers wine shipped from wineries not out of state liquor stores. For years I purchased French and Italian wines that are exclusive to Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant in Berkeley, CA. Based on the current law I still would not be able to have Lynch send me wine. The best thing about wine from Lynch is the ability to purchase mixed cases of wine that is imported in quantities too small to offer nationwide distribution. Come on Maryland throw off the corruption of the campaign contributions from the liquor lobby and help your citizens enjoy life.

Mark, it includes retailers to ship wine to MD citizens.

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