With the “official” start to the holiday season upon us, I thought I would throw in a quick mention of state wine direct shipping laws.
So say you and your husband or wife went to some wineries out in California this year and had a great, special time and picked up a few bottles along the way to prolong the memories once you were home. Well those bottles are gone now (most likely) and you want to get your significant other some wine from one of those wineries for the holidays, to help bring back those memories. So you take off to the local wine shop, only to find out that your wine shop doesn’t carry any of that wine from the winery. No worries you think, I will just call the winery or go on their website and order a bottle or two directly from the source. This is where anyone in Virginia would be okay, because California can ship to Virginia, but there are still a lot of states California wineries cannot ship to. So how do you know if your great holiday idea will be thwarted? There is a great website out there to help you figure it out.
The site is from the Wine Institue – The Voice for California Wine. The site is directed mainly to winery owners but the link I am going to paste below will let you select your state and see if California wineries can ship to you. And although this list is directed to wines coming from California, it is a good indication of how your state handles wine being shipped from most states.
Here is a map from Free The Grapes, another great site to learn about all the issues going on in the direct wine shipping world. You can click on their logo to the left to visit their site which is chock full of information.