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Direct Shipping Report from Maryland

Postby David Mc » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:05 pm

Interesting read. It was great to finally have wine delivered directly to my house.

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Re: Direct Shipping Report from Maryland

Postby Jon Peterson » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:45 am

Thanks for this, David. It sure is tempting to say "I told you so." to Annapolis.
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Re: Direct Shipping Report from Maryland

Postby Kelly Young » Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:58 am

I was upset that Maryland did this. Think of the kids. I have no doubt that a bunch of teens are going to spend $100+ a go and wait weeks to get wine sent freight to their home. Possibly school. No doubt what so ever.
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Re: Direct Shipping Report from Maryland

Postby Bruce K » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:23 pm

Yes, thanks for the link. My own experience has been largely positive, with the sole exception that a number of smaller wineries have chosen not to jump through the various hoops required for a direct shipping permit, probably because the expense doesn't justify the additional sales that would result. My understanding is that Maryland's process is more difficult than other states due to some amendments the wholesalers slipped in before passage.

Nevertheless, the direct shipping law is more than welcome in a state where it was once a felony. And it's good to know that it's working well overall. It's also worth a reminder that passage of such a law was long considered a political impossibility due to the NRA-like power of the wholesalers lobby in Maryland. Kudos are due to state Sen. Jamie Raskin who fought for this year in and year out, and kept going after each defeat until it finally passed.
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Re: Direct Shipping Report from Maryland

Postby Brian Gilp » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:12 pm

Bruce K wrote:Yes, thanks for the link. My own experience has been largely positive, with the sole exception that a number of smaller wineries have chosen not to jump through the various hoops required for a direct shipping permit, probably because the expense doesn't justify the additional sales that would result. My understanding is that Maryland's process is more difficult than other states due to some amendments the wholesalers slipped in before passage.

Nevertheless, the direct shipping law is more than welcome in a state where it was once a felony. And it's good to know that it's working well overall. It's also worth a reminder that passage of such a law was long considered a political impossibility due to the NRA-like power of the wholesalers lobby in Maryland. Kudos are due to state Sen. Jamie Raskin who fought for this year in and year out, and kept going after each defeat until it finally passed.


+1. Roughly a third of what I ordered from US wineries last year had to go to DC. If I exclude the bigger wineries such as Ridge and Tablas, its would be half, probaly closer to two thirds going to DC. Still better than it was.
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Re: Direct Shipping Report from Maryland

Postby Jon Peterson » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:17 am

Kelly Young wrote:I was upset that Maryland did this. Think of the kids. I have no doubt that a bunch of teens are going to spend $100+ a go and wait weeks to get wine sent freight to their home. Possibly school. No doubt what so ever.


I saw some kids drinking '83 Margaux down behind the shed the other day. No doubt delivered by UPS when their folks weren't home!
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Re: Direct Shipping Report from Maryland

Postby Kelly Young » Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:42 pm

Jon Peterson wrote:
Kelly Young wrote:I was upset that Maryland did this. Think of the kids. I have no doubt that a bunch of teens are going to spend $100+ a go and wait weeks to get wine sent freight to their home. Possibly school. No doubt what so ever.


I saw some kids drinking '83 Margaux down behind the shed the other day. No doubt delivered by UPS when their folks weren't home!


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