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July 1, 2011

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)

Maryland wineries:

(*) 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

Out-of-state wineries:

(*) 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

(*) Pride Mountain Vineyards, California

(*) Robert Craig Winery, California

Robert Sinskey Vineyards, California

(*) St. Supery Vineyard & Winery (Skalli), California

(*) Thomas Fogarty Winery, California

(*) Trefethen Vineyards Winery, California

(*) Westport Winery, Washington

(*) Wine Group, California (two locations ... known for Franzia, wine in a box)

(*) ZD Wines, California

Winery names provided by comptroller's office.

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 7:00 AM | | Comments (9)
Categories: 2011 legislative session


I would imagine that the number of out of state winery applications will jump into the many hundreds by this time next year. Once the announcement was made I started receiving weekly, and sometimes daily, notices from wineries in California and Oregon who couldn't ship to me in the past.


And we STILL haven't clarified whether a distillery or brewery can do the same thing with their upscale, high-end bourbons or champagne bottles of beer......

The $200.00 fee paid by wineries is well over and above the usual circa $30.00 fee paid to other states which is preventing one particular winery I am interested in purchasing from in California to pay the fee. I will have to continue to drive to Virginia to pickup my purchased wine. Thanks Maryland, great job.

Are distributors included with this new law, or only individual vinyards? If so, that severely limits the customer's selections. There's a couple of foreign wines I really like, one Italian and one French. Other states allow people to get shipment from distributors, who have extensive selections and very good prices.

Cliff-- Wineries only. I'll update my post now to make this crystal clear.

Thanks, Julie! That's a shame, though. Once again, Maryland fails to live up to it's moniker of "the free state" by not allowing basic freedoms enjoyed by citizens in many other states.

Looks like our representatives gave into all of the lobbying in an attempt to make it so expensive that out of state wineries wouldn't take part...way to go...and people wonder why I hate politics and politicians so much.

I think I will make it a point to order all of my wine from out of state wineries.

Korbel Champagne has submitted an application and is awaiting approval.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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