This morning, I woke up thinking about direct to consumer shipping laws. I do prefer to wake up thinking about breakfast, but sometimes there’s no helping these things. Wedding thoughts are occupying most of my mind space these days, and, like any winemaker fiancee, I would like to serve my wine at the big shindig next summer. In Massachusetts. Here’s the current state rundown:
Direct to Consumer Shipments Allowed
Vermont (FedEx Only)
Connecticut: Brand registration is required and must be renewed every 3 years. The fee is $130.00 per label.
Georgia: Brand registration is required. The cost of this registration is $50.00 per brand.
Illinois: Label registration is required for shipping. No fee.
Michigan: Brand registration is required. No fee.
Ohio: Brand registration is required. The cost is $50/label.
Did you notice little old MA resting on its Puritan haunches right there in the middle of the Prohibited list? It’s very frustrating. Of course, I’m not the only one who finds this terribly silly. There are entire movements dedicated to abolishing the archaic alcohol shipping laws. Freethegrapes.org is one of my favorites for its spicy language. From their website:
Also, doesn’t their little shackled grape remind you of Laurence Fishburne?
Here he is as Othello. “I am not what I am.”
Which reminds me: I am hungry. Breakfast time!