Could Wine Be Coming to Your Door Step?
FLORENCE, Mass. (WGGB) — Larry Godard runs the Florence Mineral Hills Winery on his own. He’s built his business over the past few years to reach more and more customers.
Mass. bill H.294, an act regulating the direct shipment of wines, would help Godard do just that.
“Why shouldn’t a Massachusetts resident get to have some wine shipped to them from another state? I don’t feel like I need to be protected, I feel like I can compete and let everyone have that freedom,” Godard smiled.
As it stands now, shipping things like gift baskets with wine, even memberships to wine clubs, are also prohibited.
The proposed law would allow wineries to ship up to 24 cases to customers, and allow businesses with a special permit to transport it to them.
“I think most people will drink local first. They’ll look for wines in the area first. They’ll go to the package stores first, if there’s something you can’t find you should be able to go online and have that particular wine shipped to them,” added Godard.
Godard adds that passing this bill could also be a good stream of incoming tax revenue for the state.
The group backing the bill, Free the Grapes, met at the statehouse last week and urged folks to write their Representatives, so the wine can flow a little more freely.
Massachusetts is one of nine states to have such a law in place. O thers include Pennsylvania, Delaware, Mississippi, and Utah.
The bill’s sponsor says that they’re not seeing much opposition, only from a few package stores.
The state legislature hopes to vote on the matter early next year.