We are thrilled that the great state of Massachusetts finally passed a workable direct-shipping law (thanks, in part, to former New England Patriots quarterback-turned-vintner Drew Bledsoe) that went into effect January 1st, 2015.
Unfortunately, we are still waiting for permits from two states who have recently passed direct shipping bills. South Dakota's is relatively straightforward, but will not take effect until the beginning of 2016. New Jersey's bill includes a licensing process that did not take into account partnerships like ours that include foreign owners, and we are in limbo without any immediate expectation of progress. We are continuing to work on both states; if you would like a note when we are able to ship there, please join our mailing list and you will be the first to hear.
In honor of the 2015 "State of the Union" address, we put together a summary on the Tablas Creek blog of what the world of wine shipping looks like, from a winery's perspective, as we enter 2015, with states broken down into tiers based on the cost and ease of doing business there.
With 35 states open to direct shipping, there has been steady progress in the last decade. And there's the potential for more progress soon, with Massachusetts now open for shipping and with opportunities in Pennsylvania, Indiana and South Dakota. But many challenges remain. Read the article » Download a PDF version »
Direct wine shipping is growing, but also under constant attack. States without reasonable direct shipping provisions restrict consumer access to thousands of wineries, nearly all of them small, and tens of thousands of wines with productions too small to make it into distribution.
For more information about the issue, or how to get involved in this and other direct shipping debates going on in states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Arizona, visit www.freethegrapes.org.
We are working actively to increase the number of states we can ship wine to (and, by the same token open for our wine club). However, we are also committed to protecting our consumers from questionable or unscrupulous shipping practices. We only ship to states to which we are allowed by state law, and we mark our shipments clearly as wine. We use UPS and FedEx to ship our wine, and all shipments require an adult signature. If you live in a non-shipping state, we’re happy to help you find local retailers or wholesalers who carry our wine. Want help finding our wines? View our list of distributors, or contact us!
There are several states currently debating direct shipping. Interested in making a difference at the state level? Support Free the Grapes.
The current list of states to which we can ship wine is AK, CA, CO, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IA, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, SC, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY. Interested in knowing as soon as we can ship to you? Sign up for our mailing list!
Hundreds of you have joined us for one of our annual blending seminars over the years. If you haven’t yet, let this be the year. Partner Jason Haas and winemaker Neil Collins will lead a barrel tasting of the individual varietals (both reds and whites), and will discuss how we turn roughly one hundred components into the blends and varieties we make each year. Then, you will be set loose with graduated cylinders to produce your own blends. Details & More Events »
From now through the end of April, we will ship any wine order, of any quantiy, to anywhere we ship, for just $10. Cheers! Details & more news »
We are thrilled to announce that we've received our shipping permit from the great state of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now order wine or become VINsider Wine Club members. More shipping news »
April 25, 2015
By Darren Delmore. In June 2007 I bought a Tablas Creek Roussanne vine from the tasting room and planted it in my mom’s backyard in Pismo Beach. Two summers later I was shocked to see the deep green foliage and thickened trunks. “We are going to have a vintage,” I declared. The task of making wine is such a romantic mystery that most people don’t realize that you really can make a bottle or two of wine in your backyard... Read More »