Sunday, November 10, 2013

Why Massachusetts Needs A Wine Shipment Bill

Massachusetts is finally having a hearing on a new wine shipping bill that will work better than the current restrictive bill that makes it almost impossible to ship wine to Massachusetts.

Read more at Free The Grapes:
The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure will be hearing more than a dozen bills – including several wine direct shipping bills—on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 between 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM in Gardner Auditorium at the State House.

I just came back from wine country in California. Do you know what we heard, over and over again?

Them: Would you like to join our wine club? We have free shipping.
Me: We're from Massachusetts.
Them: Oh sorry. We don't ship to Massachusetts.

Sometimes you'd like to support the small wineries, but the current Massachusetts wine shipping law makes that impossible.
My recent experience, shipping wine myself, on my flight home, in pictures:

Buffalo Shipping
Post Office
2471 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558

Note: You can ship wine to yourself. Because it's Massachusetts, you have to ship a case of wine (12 bottles) $87, plus packaging, $15, = $102.

We decided to check this case, as baggage, on our flight home.

Virgin America baggage fee, 1st Checked Bag, $25.

Oh look, the government looked inside.

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