Wines Are No Longer Free to Travel Across State Lines

As has previously noted, states and private shippers are cracking down on interstate wine shipments around the country. Eric Asimov, wine columnist at the New York Times, has taken note of this trend and writes about it in his latest column:

"For a golden moment, motivated wine lovers could rely on high-speed internet as a sort of national wine shop. A consumer in Little Rock, Ark., for example, unable to find particular bottles locally, could order them from a shop in New York. It required only a willingness to pay shipping costs.

Those days are no more. In the last year or so, carriers like United Parcel Service and FedEx have told retailers that they will no longer accept out-of-state shipments of alcoholic beverages unless they are bound for one of 14 states (along with Washington, D.C.) that explicitly permit such interstate commerce.

New York is not one of those 14 states, as The Times’s wine panel learned to its chagrin in the last year...

For consumers who live in states stocked with fine-wine retailers, like New York, the restrictions are an inconvenience. For consumers in states with few retail options, they are disastrous. It’s hard enough outside of major metropolitan areasto find wines from small producers. The crackdown makes it that much harder..."

Read the rest of the column here.