Category Archives: Direct Shipping

Tasting SLV and Mouton with Warren Winiarski

During my recent visit to California, I had the pleasure of visiting Warren Winiarski, founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and a Napa Valley pioneer whose Cabernet Sauvignon won the famous Paris Tasting of 1976. We first met a few … Continue reading

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The Internet wine market may soon be heating up. With expected to announce a foray into online wine sales (no statement yet from the company),, a leading online wine merchant, is trying to get some of the attention … Continue reading

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WooHoo! Corkage now legal in Maryland

Maryland lawmakers may not have been able to solve the state’s budget woes in this year’s legislative session, but they did hand wine lovers another gift. A year after approving direct-to-consumer shipping from wineries, lawmakers approved a bill that will … Continue reading


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Virginia and Maryland Decriminalize Us! WooHoo!

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Wine lovers in Virginia and Maryland can come out of the shadows this Friday when it becomes legal to do the things we’ve been doing all along. Virginia’s corkage law takes effect on July 1, making it legal for restaurants … Continue reading

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Maryland Enters the Modern (Direct Shipping) Era

  Finally! After years of waiting, Maryland wine lovers will soon be able to send wine home from their California vacation, thanks to a new law approved by the state legislature in the session just ended. In a time when … Continue reading

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What’s Ahead in 2011?

What should wine lovers expect in 2011? More debate over direct shipping, and hopefully we’ll get that privilege here in Maryland this year. But will be able to order from out-of-state retailers, or just wineries? And will we be allowed … Continue reading

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Embracing Your Inner Wine Geek

€œWine geek€ sounds pejorative, but I don€™t mean it as a slur when I use it in my writings to refer to wine lovers. I consider myself a wine geek, after all. And geeks of all kinds are considered cool … Continue reading

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The Wine Industry Loses a Champion in Washington

 The wine industry has lost an important voice in Washington. After 16 years in the nation’s capital, Bill Nelson is leaving WineAmerica, the only trade group that represents the entire U.S. wine industry. Nelson, who has been the group’s president … Continue reading

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An Abrupt Farewell from MD’s Direct Shipping Advocate

Adam Borden, executive director of Marylanders for Better Beer & Wine Laws, sent this email today announcing his surprise resignation as leader of the direct shipping cause. He explained to me in a telephone interview that his aggressive grass roots … Continue reading

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Maryland: Not Exactly the “Free State”

Hopes of Maryland wine lovers to be able to ship wine directly to their homes are at risk of being thwarted again, as the chairman of the committee considering the legislation in Annapolis says she will not allow the measure … Continue reading

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