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News & Features  :  News

Amazon Launches Wine Sales Site

Web retail giant partners with U.S. wineries; rival Wine.com launches a competing site

Posted: November 8, 2012  By Tim Fish

Oct. 31, 2012 Issue  :  Features

Canada Inches Toward Direct Shipping

Posted: October 31, 2012  By Robert Taylor

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Will Amazon Change The Way We Buy Wine?

The web retail giant's plans for wine are modest—for now

Posted: October 11, 2012  By Mitch Frank

When I heard the news that Amazon executives were meeting with wineries, hoping to launch Amazon.com Wine Marketplace before year's end, I was reminded of the play Waiting For Godot. In Samuel Beckett's work, two characters spend two acts waiting in vain for Godot, whom we never meet. There's a sense that everything will change once Godot shows up. For a dozen years now, the wine industry has been waiting for Bezos—Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, who has made unsuccessful stabs at selling wine twice before.

Amazon loves efficiency, and the wine business, where each state is like a separate country with different laws, is not efficient. But either Bezos is a wine lover or he sees great potential in it, because Amazon is back. If it succeeds in launching Wine Marketplace, the question is: Will this truly be a game changer for the wine business or just an absurdist drama?

News & Features  :  News

Amazon to Try Wine, Again

Web retail giant meeting with wineries, planning new “wine marketplace”

Posted: September 28, 2012  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Where'd You Get That Wine?

Direct shipping sales have grown to $1.35 billion in just seven years, but they could grow a lot more

Posted: September 27, 2012  By Mitch Frank

Fall tends to be my favorite time of year, a sentiment many wine lovers apparently share. After a long, hot summer, temperatures are finally dipping—and lower temperatures bring happy boxes to my door. When the weather cools off, wineries I order from can ship bottles to my New Orleans home without fretting that summer heat will turn their Merlot into Madeira. A new study finds that October is the busiest month for direct shipping orders from U.S. wineries.

More than seven years have passed since the Supreme Court's Granholm decision, which said that state governments cannot prohibit out-of-state wineries from shipping to residents while allowing in-state wineries to do so. Today, 39 states allow some form of direct shipping, up from 27 before the 2005 ruling.

The new report, authored by Ship Compliant, measured the direct shipping market from August 2011 to July 2012, surveying every U.S. winery in Wines & Vines' comprehensive directory about their direct shipping sales. They found that consumers ordered 2.98 million cases of wine in that time. With a value of $1.35 billion, that wine represents 8.6 percent of the total wine market in the United States by value. (Tasting room sales that were shipped to customers' homes were not included, which would make the growth even bigger.)

News & Features  :  News

Canada Inches Toward Wine Direct Shipping

Parliament repeals national ban, giving provinces the choice to allow shipping, but few have decided so far

Posted: July 30, 2012  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

2012 Predictions

Unfiltered gazes into the future and sees love blossom for a Sonoma sweetheart on The Bachelor, a holy wine from Tim Tebow, Napa Cabernets on the loose in China, plus, the Occupy movement takes to the vineyards

Posted: January 5, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

New Jersey Tries Direct Wine Shipping Again

Senate passes bill and state assembly will vote in January; volume cap could prove problematic

Posted: December 22, 2011  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

New Jersey Wineries on the Brink

Plus, former Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer opens a winery, Bordeaux's strange new neighbors, counterfeit white Zinfandel of all things, and more

Posted: June 30, 2011  

News & Features  :  News

Canadian Wine Shipping Laws to Be Put to the Test

Radio host plans to cross provincial borders with wine, challenging a shipping ban

Posted: May 12, 2011  By Adrian Bryksa

News & Features  :  News

Wine Laws Changing in up to 7 States

Winery direct shipping coming to Maryland and New Mexico

Posted: April 29, 2011  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News

U.S. Congressman Introduces New Act Threatening Direct Shipping

House Resolution 1161 picks up where last year’s 5034 left off; can shipping opponents attract more votes this time?

Posted: March 18, 2011  By Robert Taylor, Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

Direct Shipping Coming Soon to New Jersey?

Garden State wineries could be out of business if shipping can’t save their offsite tasting rooms. Plus, new hope for Maryland direct-shipping supporters

Posted: January 18, 2011  By Robert Taylor

Nov. 30, 2010 Issue  :  News

Bill Threatening Direct Shipping Gains New Life in Congress

Posted: November 30, 2010  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News

Wholesalers Are Ready for a Fight

A proposal to change how alcohol is sold in Washington state dies; Washington D.C. is the next battleground

Posted: November 4, 2010  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News

Congress Holds Hearing on Bill Threatening Wine Direct Shipping

H.R. 5034's chances of passing in 2010 look slim, but supporters are expected to try again next year

Posted: September 30, 2010  By Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  News

Bill Threatening Wine Direct Shipping Gains New Life in Congress

Wineries and retailers maintain that H.R. 5034 will allow states to ban direct shipping of wine; hearing scheduled for Sept. 29

Posted: September 21, 2010  By Robert Taylor

Aug. 31, 2010 Issue  :  News

Battle Over Direct Shipping Heats Up

Posted: August 31, 2010  By Robert Taylor, Ben O'Donnell

Aug. 31, 2010 Issue  :  Columns

Direct Shipping Threatened

Posted: August 31, 2010  By James Laube

June 30, 2010 Issue  :  News

Bill Threatens Wine Direct Shipping

Posted: June 30, 2010  By Robert Taylor

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