Happy New Year Crawlers!
Hey Massachusetts Crawlers - You know those times, when you’re sitting at home and you think to yourself, “I want a glass of wine, but I don’t feel like putting pants on and going to the liquor store,”? Good news! A new Massachusetts law that took effect on January, 1, 2015 now allows residents to have out-of-state wine shipped directly to them.
Mass wine connoisseurs have been fighting for more than a decade to get wine shipped from vineyard to front door. Former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe even pushed for the law since he owns the Washington state winery Doubleback. He told the Massachusetts Statehouse that he was having trouble offering samples to former teammates in Massachusetts, including Tom Brady. “Tom actually bought the wine, and he shipped it to his dad’s house in California,” Bledsoe said. But Brady’s dad wound up drinking all of the wine before Tom got there.
Mass is a little late to the party on direct wine shipping. According to Free the Grapes, a wine coalition in NAPA, direct wine shipping occurs in all but nine states – Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Utah.
While technically direct wine shipping wasn't illegal prior to 2015, the previous Massachusetts law prevented direct shipment from wineries that produced more than 30,000 gallons of wine per year. This eliminated 98% of all wineries. Smaller wineries were forced out as well under the previous law since Massachusetts placed a limit on how much an individual consumer could receive from all wineries. The new law flips the limit to how much each winery can ship to a consumer in a given year – only 12 cases of wine, containing no more than 9 liters per case. Wineries will be required to pay an initial fee of $300.00 for a direct shipper’s license, with a yearly $150.00 renewal fee.
I personally prefer a pale ale over a pinot but anything that makes it easier to place the nectar of the gods in my fellow Crawlers’ hands is fine be me.