Wine Shipments Allowed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Thursday signed into law a bill allowing direct shipments of wine to consumers, despite a warning by the state attorney general that a key provision might not stand up in court.

The measure allows in-state and out-of-state wineries to send up
to 1,500 cases a year to Michigan residents.

Michigan previously banned direct shipments by wineries from
other states, an advantage for home-state producers that the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional earlier this year.

Supporters of the new law said it will give Michigan wine lovers
access to sought-after brands from vintners in states such as
California, Oregon and Washington. Opponents have said allowing
wineries to bypass wholesale distributors would encourage underage
drinking.


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