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Cheers to online retailer Amazon, which is expanding wine delivery to states like New York and Michigan. But savvy wine connoisseurs may be wondering whether it's legal to ship their favorite wines to their doorsteps.
Amazon's wine marketplace now ships wine to 20 states and Washington, D.C., according to Mashable. But state laws still vary widely on which booze-bearing bottles can be shipped in from out-of-state -- or even within the state.
For boozehounds and wine enthusiasts alike, here is a breakdown of the most common state regulations on shipping wine:
If you use Amazon to shop for wine or simply want to ship some bottles back home after a trip to a winery, you'll want to know which states allow for out-of-state shipping of wine.
Unfortunately for wine lovers, state laws regulating alcohol are always subject to change -- sometimes even by court decisions -- so it is important to stay current on your home state's laws.
As of October 2013, according to the Wine Institute, about 40 states allow some form of shipment to consumers in their states from out-of-state wineries. But in many states, the amount of wine that can be shipped is limited by volume or by the number of bottles.
The Wine Institute reports that 10 states have prohibited the out-of-state shipping of wine: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Utah.
If you're in one of those states, don't lose all hope. A shipped bottle of wine may be in your future thanks to two legal loopholes in state laws. For example:
As for residents of states that have prohibited wine transport altogether -- Alabama, Mississippi, and Utah -- your best bet might be requesting your local liquor or wine store to import your favorite vintage.
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