Source: The Arizona Republic
By Richard Ruelas
The Napa Valley-based advocacy group Free the Grapes has readied legislation it expects to be introduced in the Arizona Legislature next week that would let customers order wines by telephone or online, provided they order no more than 216 bottles of wine annually from each winery.
The proposed bill, released Friday to The Arizona Republic and azcentral, would allow Arizonans of legal drinking age to have the equivalent of 18 cases of wine shipped directly to their homes or businesses. The bill requires that wineries verify the age of the customer, which, as a practical matter, is done by delivery personnel when the wine is received.
Current Arizona law discriminates among wineries based on their size. Most wineries can only ship a maximum of two cases of wine directly to a customer annually. That wine must be ordered and paid for while a customer is physically present at the winery. Smaller wineries, including all of those in-state, may take orders for wine by phone or online, with no cap on the amount shipped.
Under the proposed law, wineries wanting to ship to Arizonans would have to obtain a direct-shipping license.The cost of that license is not spelled out in the proposed legislation.