Friday, December 12, 2008

U. S. District Court invalidates wine sales law

A recent summary judgment by Judge Zobel of the U.S. District Court in Boston finds a Massachusetts state law restricting direct sales to consumers from out of state wineries unconstitutional. Mass General Law chapter 138 sec. 19b, section 19F, and section 2 relate to in state wineries selling their wines directly to the consumer and being able to ship directly to them. Out of state wineries were not afforded this opportunity. The state is enjoined from enforcing these statutes.
In Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins the court found the practice discriminatory.
We can now order wine shipped directly to us from our favorite vineyards across the country. Just in time for holiday shopping.