Tennessee direct-shipping now allowed

Back in January, a federal appeals court upheld Tennessee's ban on direct wine shipments to residents' homes. Now, a new line has been signed by Gov. Phil Bredesen that will allow it.

The law allows wineries that acquire a $300 license to ship up to three cases to Tennessee consumers per year. That raises to 36 the number of states that allow direct shipment of wine.

Bredesen earlier had signed into a law a bill allowing Tennesseans to buy and bring home up to five cases of wine at licensed out-of-state wineries. That was done to overcome the appeals court opinion that found existing rules designed to promote Tennessee wineries were unfair to out-of-state competitors.

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