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Number 45 June 13, 2009

This week, the state legislature passed the “Direct Shipping” statute. A copy can be found at http://state.tn.us/sos/acts/106/pub/pc0348.pdf. The law allows the direct shipment of wine from producers to consumers in Tennessee. It goes into effect July 1, 2009. Since producers will have to apply for a special license from the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, it will take some time for to law to go into practical effect. As you can see, the requirements are minimal. The wine producer has to apply for the license, submit a one-time non-refundable $300 fee with the application, submit an annual license fee of $150, make sure it isn’t shipping to an underage recipient, submit a list of recipients to the State, and submit state taxes to the Department of Revenue. All pretty simple. The statute limits shipments to nine liters (one case) per individual per month, and twenty-seven liters (three cases) per individual per year. We don’t have any problems with this. All it does is put the burden on us and the distributors to make the wine our customers want available so that you don’t have to deal with producer waiting lists and pay shipping. And we’re going to do everything we can to accomplish this. Let us know if you have any questions. Thanks


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