US: Texas lawmakers approve direct wine sales
Texas lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill that will allow out-of-state wineries to ship wine directly to Texas consumers, including those who live in "dry" areas. If signed into law by the governor, winemakers in California and elsewhere will no longer be required to sell through Texas retailers.
Wineries that buy a US$75 annual permit will instead be able to ship up to 3 gallons of wine every 30 days to individual customers, and as much as 35,000 gallons of wine a year state-wide. They will also be required to pay the same state taxes as Texas wineries.
The legislature is also considering a bill that would allow out-of-state wineries to offer samples in supermarkets, something only Texas winemakers can now do.
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