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H.R. 5034 threatens direct wine shipping laws – again

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 at 4:52 pm in Corkheads.

Great, comprehensive article in the Washington Post today about how if passed the bill HR 5034 could make it really hard to get wine shipped directly to your home.

It threatens a piece of 2005 legislation passed by the Supreme Court that you might remember. It put the job of regulating the distribution of alcoholic beverages in the hands of states as long as they didn’t discriminate against out of state producers. It’s a coup that today, 37 states allow their residents to go to a favorite out of state winery and have a case shipped back home.

I doubt HR5034, brought to Congress by wine wholesalers and Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass) will pass though. As the author says, Nancy Pelosi lives in northern California and owns a vineyard.

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