State rulings on shipping wine.
Shipping wine used to be so easy. Yours was a 'YES' State, or a 'NO' State. The lines were clear, no gray area. Agreements were made at the State Government level, or not, and that was your answer.
Now, each State Government ABC Commission makes the rules, Local Government agencies can then override those rules, some zip codes you can, some you can't, and so on. There is a lot of gray area. To complicate things, the laws are constantly changing.
We have States who require no licensing at all, most States require licensing, but the costs could be zero to $1,500, and more; some States prohibit shipments of any alcoholic beverage. Each State has its own set of rules, limitations, taxes, and of course, penalties. It is mind boggling, and causes migraines.
We currently are permitted to ship our wines to the following States: Alaska, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C..
We are in process with Ohio, Wisconsin and Georgia.
For those placing orders, be it on-line or in-store, we thank you! And, to warn you, we have to ask for your date of birth (I am so very sorry) as some States are requiring it. Again, I am sorry. It's not my fault.
I'll get word out when we can add another State, or a new rule...
Thanks for reading....this one - I know - is a bore.