Free the Grapes Alabama: Clear the Way for Winery Direct Shipments

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    Proposed Legislation Would Be a Boon for Consumer Choice

    NAPA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alabama is just one of the five remaining states banning
    winery-to-consumer direct shipments, but that could change with the
    passage of proposed legislation. Two bills were introduced in the past
    few weeks that would, if passed, allow Alabama wine lovers the freedom
    to purchase the wines they want directly from both in-state and
    out-of-state wineries.

    Senate Bill 274 passed the Senate Tourism Committee unanimously and is
    anticipated to be voted on by the Senate this week. Its companion bill,
    House Bill 350, is also under consideration in committee. Wine lovers
    are urged to contact their legislators in support of bills.

     

    How to Help: Ask Your Legislators to Support Senate Bill 274
    and House Bill 350 Today

    Alabamian wine lovers eager to access the wines they want are
    asked to visit www.FreeTheGrapes.org
    and personalize a letter to their legislators. Personalize a
    letter here: https://freethegrapes.org/alert/winery-alabama/

     

    BACKGROUND

    Senate Bill 274 and House Bill 350 are both based on model winery direct
    shipping legislation working successfully in nearly every state. The
    bills allow both in-state and out-of-state wineries to ship to Alabama
    consumers. Other standard provisions include the issuance of state
    licenses to direct shippers, collection and remittance of both sales
    taxes and excise taxes to the state of Alabama. These laws provide
    additional state tax revenues, satisfy consumer demand, and meet
    regulatory requirements in a dynamic marketplace. The four other states
    that restrict all winery-to-consumer shipping are Delaware, Kentucky,
    Mississippi and Utah.

    About Free the Grapes!

    Free the Grapes! is a national coalition of wineries and consumers aimed
    to augment, not replace, the existing three-tier distribution system of
    producers, wholesalers, and retailers with legal, regulated
    direct-to-consumer wine shipping. Founded in 1998 by wine industry
    associations, Free the Grapes! believes that consumers, not special
    interests, should decide which wines to purchase and how. Legal
    direct-to-consumer wine shipping expands consumer choice and helps
    America’s mostly family-owned-and-operated wineries succeed.

    Among recent victories: Pennsylvania ended various restrictions on
    winery-to-consumer shipping in the state in 2016; Massachusetts and
    Arizona removed capacity cap restrictions in 2014 and 2015,
    respectively; and Oklahoma became the 45th state to allow winery direct
    shipping in 2018.

    Contacts

    Sarah Jones Gillihan, Benson Marketing Group, [email protected]
    (707) 254-1114