Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Effective July 1, 2009, Tennessee legalizes direct shipments of wine to consumers.
The measure, SB0166, passed the House early last week and was approved by the Senate last month.
The Greenest State in the Land of the Free has some of the most restrictive laws in the nation. Laws that brand ordinary citizens daring to smuggle a five liter bag of Beringer White Zin into the commonwealth as odious felons. Okay, maybe not odious felons, but criminal types, nonetheless. It *IS* illegal to drive across the Kentucky border with a box of wine in your trunk.
They don't teach that part in high school civics. The part where the politically well-connected ensure that their good friends in the legislature will restrict free trade in the name of consumer protection.
The new law doesn't exactly create a free market in wine sales. However, it allows direct shipment from in-state and out-of-state entities to Tennessee consumers, who may purchase up to three cases of wine per year, per winery. While you can only purchase three cases a year from my friends at Sunset Ridge, (the 2006 Estate Petit Sirah is muy bueno Señor), you can also purchase three cases of wine per year from every other winery on the planet. Provided they have paid the registration fees to the state, of course.
Whole thing here.
Tip of the glass to J.C.