Small farm winery bill passes Arizona Senate committee

Sovos | February 17, 2006

Three wine shipping bills were proposed in Arizona, and one made it out of the Senate committee. This bill would allow small farm wineries that produce less then 50,000 gallons each year to make offsite shipments of wine to Arizona consumers.

The Arizona distributors, of course, are pulling out all the stops to prohibit direct shipments and stifle free trade. Their argument, which he have heard in every single state, is that they want to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors.

That argument just doesn’t fly anymore. States have a number of measures that they can use to prevent sales to minors. Distributors just want to protect their state-mandated monopolies, which hurt small wineries and consumers.

Read more about the new bill here.