Monday, October 20, 2008

Wine buying freedom for Tennessee? Maybe

A Federal judge says Michigan can't bar out of State retailers from selling wine in the State. Sounds like that should apply to Tennessee.

The court ruling overturns a law banning out-of-state wine retailers from shipping direct to in-state consumers -- unless the retailers have a location in Michigan and are part of the structure that includes beverage manufacturers and wholesale distributors. The judge said requiring a business to open a bricks-and-mortar location in Michigan violates the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits states from discriminating against interstate trade.