Updated February 28, 2019
Dear Wine Lovers of Rhode Island,
As previously reported, House Bill 5454 was scheduled for a legislative committee hearing on February 26, 2019. The bill, if passed, would remove the “winery visit penalty,” allowing you to purchase wines directly from licensed wineries without having to visit that winery first. Unfortunately, there was not a quorum in the hearing and so the bill has not moved.
But please continue to support legal, regulated winery direct shipping (without the winery visit penalty) by writing your state legislator today.
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Of the 45 states and the District of Columbia that allow winery-to-consumer shipments, only Rhode Island and Arkansas include the winery visit penalty. A similar restriction on winery direct shipping was overturned in Arizona in 2016.
It’s time to give you the freedom to choose which wine you want to enjoy, just like wine lovers in other states.
Thank you for your support,
Free the Grapes!