Untangling the complex world of wine direct shipping and compliance

Maine Direct Shipping Applications Update

August 25th, 2009
By Annie Bones, State Relations - Wine Institute

The Maine Bureau of Liquor Enforcement has indicated that direct shipping license applications will be available on September 12, 2009, the same day the direct shipping law becomes effective. Wineries should contact Lori Nolette, the contact for liquor licensing and compliance at the Bureau, for a copy of the application once it becomes available. The direct shipping licensees will be able to ship up to 12 cases of wine to each consumer each year. The initial license fee is $200 with an annual renewal of $50. Wineries must have a license in order to ship on-site and off-site transactions to Maine consumers beginning September 12, 2009. Wine Institute will post any updates about the direct shipper license application on the Wine Institute website as soon as it becomes available.

-Annie Bones, State Relations – Wine Institute

2 Responses to “Maine Direct Shipping Applications Update”

  1. I'll be interested to see how this turns out in Maine. Not sure many west coast wineries are going to bother with the shipping license, maybe if it was $200 for eternity…..but probably not enough business coming from Maine to warrant the expense.

    Every state that makes shipping easier now is a step in the right direction, now if we could only get to a national standard and 1 application!

  2. Good news for the liquor seller,now legally they can sell their liquor after having liquor license. Direct shipping liquor license applications will be available on September 12, 2009. They have to pay $200 as liquor license fee. After having liquor license there will be no fear of liquor shipping.Lets hope that this liquor license will bring market for the liquor seller in Marine.

Leave a Reply