June 25th, 2006
Hello again, back in the swing of things after a nice two week break. We’ve seen some big developments in the world of wine direct shipping over the last two weeks that we’ll look at in more detail over the next few weeks.
July 1st is a huge day for direct shippers as new laws take effect in Washington, Idaho, and Colorado. We also just learned that HB 1968 was signed by the Governor of Hawaii on Thursday and will also take effect on July 1st. We’ll give you the full breakdown on the new rules and permit requirements in each of the these states this week. It is important to note that all four were previously “reciprocal” states and are now moving to a limited direct model to comply with the Granholm ruling. By my count, that will leave only seven reciprocal states (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) after July 1st.
We will also look at other direct shipping developments around the country in the near future, including legislation in Kansas and Pennsylvania, the appeal of the Costco ruling in Washington, and the lawsuits filed in California to allow the direct shipment of wine by retailers.