Updated: July 1, 2021
Dear Wine Lovers of New Jersey,
As previously reported, a favorable winery direct shipping bill had an “information only” hearing (no voting) in the Senate Commerce Committee on June 16.
Even if you’ve already written your state legislators, please take a moment to write another email to encourage them to bring Senate Bill 2683 to a vote later this year.
As you may know, New Jersey is the only state that bans winery-to-consumer shipments from wineries producing more than 250,000 gallons (106,000 cases, considered a medium-sized winery) each vintage. It also prohibits small and medium-sized wineries owned by larger wineries from shipping directly to you. Arizona and Massachusetts removed their “capacity cap” statutes, and Ohio plans to this fall.
This capacity cap prevents wine shipping from wineries responsible for producing more than 90% of U.S. wine. NJ Senate bill 2683 and its companion, Assembly bill 1943, would remove the capacity cap and allow ALL wineries to get the necessary permit to ship wine directly to you into NJ.
Now is the time to address this archaic restriction on consumer access.
- Write Your Legislators: Take 2 minutes and personalize our sample message below and it will be sent automatically to your state legislators.
- Join Facebook.com/FreetheGrapesNewJersey for news and updates and pending legislation.
- Email a Link to Your Friends and Colleagues: Legislators really do listen to wine lovers and we need everyone to speak up.
It’s time to give New Jersey legislators notice that you want real choice. It’s time to give ALL U.S. wineries the option to ship wine directly to New Jersey wine drinkers.
Free the Grapes!