10 December 2011

More TABC Silliness

Currently, it is illegal for out of state wineries to sell their products online to Texas Consumers. They have to buy the wine from an instate distributor, who ships the beer to, say, California, where the California winery can then ship to a Texas address. (Of course, not everyone follows the law.) Texas wineries can ship from the winery to the consumer without having to go through a distributor.

Wine.com has set up shop in Houston, and surprisingly, has a winery permit, but does not produce wine. This will allow them to sell wine online directly to consumers in Texas.

So let me get this straight: Wine.com has a winery license, but does not make wine. And it will sell wine from other vineyards and ship directly to Texas vinophiles. Wouldn't that be a distributor?

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posted by Jeff Holt at 08:56

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