Wine shipping applications drip in
It's not yet time to pop the champagne in celebration of Maryland's new wine-shipping law.
As noted in Sunday's business section, the law takes effect Friday, but just 11 wineries have applied for a permit. Comptroller Peter Franchot said there's also a "learning curve." He predicted it would "take a while for the wine community to adjust" to direct shipping.
Maryland is home to 50 wineries, and there are about 6,500 across the country.
"People need to get comfortable with the new law once it kicks in," he said. "For decades, the wine industry has seen Maryland as a medieval regulatory state. They slapped their foreheads and wondered what we were thinking."
Wineries must submit an application, pay $200 per year to the state and post a $1,000 bond to ship to residences in Maryland.
So who's in? List of wineries on the jump.
Wine shipping applications received
Black Ankle, Frederick County
Boordy Vineyards, Baltimore County
Elk Run Vineyards, Carroll County
Far Eastern Shore Winery, Talbot County (Mesozoic Technologies)
Fiore Winery, Harford County
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, Frederick County
Terrapin Station Winery, Montgomery County (Diamondback Wine)
Tilmon's Island Winery, Queen Anne's County
Pride Mountain Vineyards, California
Spanos-Berberian Winery, California
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Westport Winery, Washington