US: Virginia legalises direct wine shipments
Virginia became the 23rd state to allow out-of-state wineries to ship directly to consumers. The law, which takes effect July 1, requires wineries outside Virginia to buy a US$50 license and restricts them to deliveries of up to two cases per month per consumer.
Separately, North Carolina's ban on direct, interstate wine shipments was ruled unconstitutional by the 4th Circuit US Court of Appeals because it treated in- and out-of-state wineries differently. The state should instead ban all direct-to-consumer wine shipments, the court said.
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