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News Thu Oct 04 2007

Gov Signs Wine Shipping Bill

Bill Daley reports in The Stew that Governor Blagojevich signed HB429 into law yesterday. Starting next June, Illinois residents will be allowed to purchase and ship up to 12 cases of wine directly from Illinois vineyards and out-of-state wineries. This is in compliance with the 2005 Supreme Court ruling on Granholm vs. Heald which determined that states must allow all wineries to direct ship to their residents, regardless of their location, or none at all. Wineries within the state may not have preferential treatment.

There are a few more restrictions that legislators snuck in, though. Illinois residents will no longer be able to purchase wine from out of state retailers. Some of the larger Illinois wineries will be forced to sell all of their goods through distributors, which means price increases to the consumer and tougher competition from other brands.

While these details of the bill may seem trivial, they will impact Illinois consumers more than most folks realize. Winediva is investigating and will report more soon!

Taylor / October 5, 2007 10:43 AM

This is good news. I thought we were sunk on this one and barred from purchasing wine from out of state.

Winediva / October 5, 2007 12:54 PM

Taylor:

The law is confusing to folks both in and outside the wine industry. This law allows you to purchase wine directly from a winery in California, NY, Illinois, wherever and have it shipped to your home. (Up to 12 cases a year.) It OUTLAWS any wine purchases from retail stores outside of Illinois. That includes internet sales and many "Wine of the Month Clubs". There's more info on my blog if you wanna check it out: winediva.wordpress.com
Quite a lively discussion going on there!

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