In 2010, HR 5034 was introduced into the US House of Representatives [read the Wine Spectator story]. It would have rolled back interstate shipping laws to pre-2005 levels had it passed. It did not, but has been resurrected in the 2011 Congress at HR 1161. Like most anti-shipping bills, is really concerned with guaranteeing liquor distributors’ share of wine and spirits revenue.
If HR 1161 becomes law, it would 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. Read a blog post about this bill, than please make your voices heard to your US representatives. For more information about the issue, or how to get involved in this and other direct shipping debates, visit www.freethegrapes.org.
The states of Hawaii, Maine, Kansas and Tennessee recently passed wine shipping laws that allow us to ship directly to consumers. Residents of all four states are now eligible to order wine or sign up for VINsider Wine Club membership.
Montana, which signed a direct shipping bill into law in April, expects to begin processing shipping licenses in October. We'll be one of the first in line when they do. Unfortunately, New Jersey, whose legislature and governor passed a direct shipping bill in 2012, has created 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 New Jersey; 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.
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, including Massachusetts, Indiana, Florida and Pennsylvania. 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, MI, MN, MO, 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!
En Primeur Order Deadline Monday, December 9th
Offering wine en primeur is a time-honored French tradition where valued customers are offered the opportunity to secure a limited quantity of sought-after wines at a special price in advance of bottling and general release. All VINsiders may order futures at the exclusive 30% en primeur discount off eventual release price. Details » More events »
At Tablas Creek, we want to help you celebrate in style. We have several ways in which you can give the gift of Tablas Creek, including four special holiday gift packs (on which we include no-charge shipping), Tablas Creek gift cards, gift VINsider memberships and more.
December 9, 2013
It may not be intuitive why frosty winters are a good thing for vineyards, particularly given our agonizing battle with frosts in the spring. But grapevines are deciduous plants, and benefit from being forced into full dormancy. More »