Bredesen signs wine direct shipment bill

Associated Press • Jun 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee consumers can have wine shipped directly to their homes under a new law signed by Gov. Phil Bredesen.

The law allows wineries that acquire a $300 license to ship up to three cases to Tennessee consumers per year. Tennessee was previously among 15 states that banned direct shipment of wine.

The bill was sponsored by Republican Sen. Paul Stanley of Germantown and Democratic Rep. David Shepard of Dickson.

Bredesen previously signed into a law another measure to allow Tennesseans to buy up to five cases of wine at licensed out-of-state wineries and bring them back home with them.

That law was designed to overcome a recent federal appeals court opinion that found existing rules designed to promote Tennessee wineries were unfair to competitors from outside the state

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