Wine shipping, legal today, entices 30-plus wineries
*** Updated list.
Wine shipping becomes legal today, and the prospect of delivering bottles to Maryland homes has prompted at least 30 wineries to sign up for permits.
The number of interested wineries has nearly tripled since last week, when we reported that just 11 had filled out the necessary paperwork. Wine fans predict dozens more will begin shipping by the end of the year.
Comptroller Peter Franchot's office said nearly two dozen of the wineries -- many of them in-state -- have been granted shipping permits. The rest are awaiting approval, which takes about 7-10 business days. (See jump for list of applicants as of Thursday.)
Only wineries -- not retailers -- may apply to ship to Maryland residences. Wine lovers have vowed to lobby the General Assembly next year to extend shipping rights to retailers, which would open up popular wine-of-the-month clubs.
This morning, Franchot heads to Boordy Vineyards in Baltimore County to promote Maryland's new law. Until today, it was a felony punishable by up to five years in prison to have delivered at home. Franchot plans to be among the first to take advantage of wine shipping.
Wineries must submit an application, pay $200 per year to the state and post a $1,000 bond to ship to residences in Maryland.
Wine shipping applications received (* denotes permit granted)
(*) 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
(*) Knob Hall Winery, Washington County
(*) Layton's Chance Vineyard & Winery, Dorchester County
(*) Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, Frederick County
(*) Terrapin Station Winery, Montgomery County (Diamondback Wine)
(*) Tilmon's Island Winery, Queen Anne's County
(*) Abeja, Washington
(*) Bell Wine Cellars (Spanos-Berberian)
(*) Bookwalter Winery, Washington
(*) Chateau Julien, California
(*) Chateau Morrisette, Virginia
(*) Clos Pegase Winery, California
(*) Cristom Vineyards, Oregon
(*) Dolce, California
(*) Far Niente Winery, California
(*) Frog's Leap Winery, California
(*) Nickel & Nickel, California
(*) Robert Craig Winery, California
(*) Thomas Fogarty Winery, California
(*) Wine Group, California (two locations ... known for Franzia, wine in a box)
(*) ZD Wines, California
Winery names provided by comptroller's office.