Friday, August 18, 2006
Well folks, it was as I suspected. From what my quick bit of research shows me, any wine retailer who genuinely wants to make wine available to consumers in Massachusetts should be able to. The new law does not prohibit the direct shipment of wine into Massachusetts, as long as the requirements are met. This law authorizes the direct shipment of wine. There is a an application process that must be completed in order to receive either a large or small winery shipment license from the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC). There also appears to be a delivery limit of 240 liters of wine per household per year.
I have not read all the related statutes and regulations, because that would be insane for blog purposes, so I called the ABCC just to confirm my interpretation. I spoke with Ms. Bobb, who handles the licenses to suppliers shipping into the Commonwealth. She stated that yes, wine can be legally shipped into Massachusetts directly to consumers as long as the supplier has the proper license.
So from what I understand, all you out of state wineries, if you want to ship here, you can. But you have to go through the same license requirements as our in state wineries. Hopefully, you will all consult with your legal counsel and start the process. Unfortunately, it seems as though many wineries don't want to go to the trouble. So for now, I will enjoy the wonderful wines that are available here or I will have to travel to you and imbibe on the premises. Both sound pretty good to me.
I hope that I got all of my information right here. If anyone knows otherwise, please let me know.
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