By David Wade, WBZ-TVBy David Wade

BOSTON (CBS) – It was a decision that thrilled wine lovers!

The courts ruled that it was unconstitutional to stop wineries from shipping to homes in Massachusetts.

That was more than a year ago and not much has changed.

Bruce in Swampscott Declared his Curiosity:

Why can’t we get anyone to ship wine to us yet?

Bob Dwyer, a wine enthusiast, thinks that should change. Dwyer has a wine website. He blogs on Wellesleywinepress.Com.

WBZ-TV’s David Wade reports.

Dwyer says, “It’s frustrating right. The courts say shipments should happen. Everyone says it should happen. We just need to define how it happens. Get behind our state reps to support this bill.”

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The bill filed last year and then again recently on Beacon Hill would clean up two existing issues with our laws:

Number 1- State law says companies like Fed Ex and UPS have to have a special permit for every truck that carries wine. That’s not one permit per company. That’s one permit per truck.

Number 2- There’s a cap on how much wine you can order as a consumer and that law says if a vineyard puts you over your limit they get in trouble. Not you.

Websites like use in-state distributors to ship wine to your house.

But passing a new law could open up deliveries from wineries all over.

So, existing laws say you can’t get more than “x” cases a year. But the law says if a vineyard puts you over, they get in trouble.

Dwyer said this could and should be the year.

“Right now, 35 states allow shipments. Massachusetts is one of the most lucrative states that wineries would want to ship to because of the size of the market here.”

David Wade

Comments (24)
  1. Ron says:

    Duplin Wineries in NC allowed my sister to fill out an order back in mid-January to send me a couple of bottles of wine and made no attempt to stop her from putting in an invalid state. When the winery finally stopped the order I was the one they contacted. The reason they gave me for why MA was off-limits was that it was “due to taxes.”

    1. Bob Dwyer says:

      Hi Ron,

      That may be partially true. In order to be allowed to ship into the state, a winery needs to obtain a permit. That permit costs $100 and the winery needs to collect excise tax (and sales tax if we happen to have it at the time) for wine they ship here.

      So if the winery said it was “due to taxes” it could have been an adjacent issue related to whether they had a permit. It’s likely they wouldn’t want to go through the expense and hassle of obtaining a license to ship just a few bottles of wine, but this is the way most of the states that allow shipments are set up.

      Hope this helps,
      Bob Dwyer
      The Wellesley Wine Press

    2. Jennifer says:

      We would love to ship Duplin Wine into Massachusetts We have loyal customers all over New England- and have our MA friends shipping to NH or ME to a friend or relative~
      We first were denied access because we produced too much wine- and now it looks like UPS/FedEx might be the hold up- We have a great system in place to track individual volume limits and that is fairly common- the taxes we don’t mind paying either. We are glad that you are helping to the keep the conversation going about your state’s laws….We encourage all of our customers to keep writing their legislators!

  2. Krys says:

    I got wine shipped to me here in MA just fine.

    1. Bob Dwyer says:

      Shipments can and do happen, but that doesn’t mean current laws aren’t getting in the way of consumers getting the wines they want. Another point to consider is if wineries illegally ship the state isn’t collecting the tax it’s entitled to. Currently that’s just excise tax states have a constitutional right to regulate the flow of alcohol.

  3. Cynic says:

    Would Wine Drinkers drink Wine if there were no one around to Impress? Why not do What the Italians In Quincy did for years. Build an Arbor in your yard,Plant Grapes and make your own Wine.? Of course then Wine was just Wine and not a “Statement”.

  4. taxedout says:

    Note to Gov. When Mass people go out of state they bring back Sand and Gravel in thier tires….A Tax maybe????

    1. Cynic says:

      OMG taxedout……I wish you hadn’t said that….DUHval reads these comments you know……

  5. taxedout says:

    Your right Cynic…Sorry…Just trying to help!!!!

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