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Let's cork up this bad law!


In a quiet but significant legislative move, the United States House of Representatives is considering an amendment that could sharply limit the ability of wine lovers in the United States to purchase wines across state lines, using mail order or the Internet.

This initiative, part of an ongoing effort by the well-heeled wholesale-liquor lobby to protect its profits at the expense of wine lovers' freedom of choice, is now before the House Judiciary Committee.

To help review the issue and provide the information you need to draw your own conclusions and make your own decisions, we've assembled the following resources:

  • A brief overview and call to action being circulated widely on the Internet by Free the Grapes!, a coalition of five wine-industry organizations, with links to each of those organizations.

  • A long, thorough and impressive legal analysis of the shipping situation and the lobby's efforts to constrain choice, written by Vijay Shanker, a Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Virginia School of Law, and republished with his permission.

  • Links you can use to identify and contact your Congressional representatives and to determine whether your local representative sits on the Judiciary committee.

  • A sample letter, prepared by Free the Grapes!, that you can personalize and use to tell your Representative what you think.