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ACT NO. 140


Direct shipping of wine; wine tastings

This act resolves potentially unconstitutional provisions in Vermont's alcohol laws, as ruled in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Granholm v. Heald, by creating an even handed procedure for direct sales of wines from vineyards, both in-state and out-of-state, to Vermont consumers. This uniform procedure assures that the state will collect all appropriate taxes due on the imported wines.

This act also provides clarification about parameters and requirements for wine tasting events sponsored by wineries, second class license holders, and wholesale dealers, whether wines are being promoted to the public or to other wine retailers.

Lastly, the act permits conference centers that do not have a regular ongoing restaurant to acquire a first or third class license that permits them to serve alcoholic beverages when food is also being served.

Effective Date: May 10, 2006

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont