Mark Aselstine
November 1, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

Washington to Privatize Wine?

We’re often asked both by customers and other business owners about our thoughts on the differing wine laws from one state to another. It’s a complicated and charged question that we largely try to avoid other than to say that we’d like to be able to ship to each state in the country and we’d like the process to be both affordable and respectful of our time (I wish states would remember that there are 50 states in the country, so a $500 fee and 10 hours of work a month is not sustainable).

Washington State is one of the few states which currently allows some amount of private sales, while also having state run liquor stores. Costco, the Washington based retail behemoth, has largely lead a charge to allow in store sales of alcohol at non-state owned locations.

According to Seattle PI, Costco looks to be winning their battle with the upcoming ballot proposition Initiative 1183.

I also thought it was interesting that the initial poll results out of Washington were listed at the top of the article, above the governor’s race poll and the approval rating of President Obama. Liquor laws are certainly something which people feel strongly about, which is something we need to be mindful of.

Lastly, when I see the possibility of the loosening of state direct shipping laws, it gives me hope that a few of the states which are completely off limits currently may eventually make a change in our favor, Pennsylvania is a great example there.

I hope everyone had an outstanding Halloween!


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