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Mail-order Wine Approved for Statewide Delivery

While the Legislature has rejected the idea of wine sales in grocery stores, it has decided to allow all Tennesseans to order wine by mail and over the Internet.
The House approved and sent to the governor today a bill that will allow wine to be shipped directly to any address in the state.
Direct shipment of wine to consumers from wineries and retailers both inside and outside of Tennessee was authorized by a bill enacted in 2009. But that law declares that shipments can be made only addresses in cities that now allow liquor-by-the-drink sales.
The bill, SB1030, repeals that provision. It passed the House 70-23 under sponsorship of Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville. It passed the Senate 21-7 on March 28 and now goes to Gov. Bill Haslam for his expected signature.
Haynes described the bill as closing a loophole that is unfair to people living outside a city that has liquor-by-the-drink sales. Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, described the provision in current law as “a glitch” and the current bill as correcting it.
The measure drew limited discussion in floor debate. In committee, some objected that the measure is an unneeded expansion of alcohol sales into “dry” counties and cities that have chosen to prohibit alcohol sales.
Proposals to allow sale of wine in grocery stores and supermarkets have repeatedly failed in the General Assembly, most recently last month when a House subcommittee killed a the latest effort.

Statewide Direct Shipments of Wine to Homes OK’d by Senate

Wine could be directly shipped to all Tennessee addresses, not just those in cities allowing liquor-by-the-drink sales, under a bill approved 21-7 by the Senate Monday.
Enactment of the bill, SB1030, is projected by the Fiscal Review Committee staff to increase wine sales statewide by about 5 percent, resulting in the state collecting $1.77 million in new taxes and local governments collecting $430,009 in new revenue.
The bill spurred no debate beyond a brief explanation by its sponsor, Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro.
The Legislature two years ago enacted a law allowing direct wine shipments from sellers, both inside and outside of Tennessee, into the state. But the shipments were restricted to cities that have approved liquor-by-the-drink sales through refendum – and about two-thirds of Tennessee municipalities have not.
Ketron said the situation “creates a lot of confusion” for wineries and wine sellers. Passage, he said, will eliminate that confusion and benefit consumers who are “more of a wine connoisseur” wishing to buy special vintages not available locally.
The bill now goes to the House.
Ketron is also sponsor of legislation that would allow the sale of wine in grocery stores, which is scheduled for a Senate committee vote on Tuesday.