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Out-of-state wineries can now ship orders to New Jersey residents

on 03/05/12 at 8:32 am

Booze News

New license ends nine-year debate over direct shipping

Wineries throughout the country can now, for the first time, apply for a New Jersey out-of-state winery license, providing the opportunity to ship wine directly to residents.

Wineries, including those located in New Jersey, will be permitted, with certain restrictions, to directly ship wine to residents and licensed restaurants and bars. They will also be able to open tasting rooms in the state. The new license was created by legislation signed by Gov. Chris Christie in January.

The licensing will also effectively end the nine-year litigation and legislative debate over direct shipping. The U.S. District Court had granted a stay in the case that had been at the center of the direct shipping debate, pending the enactment of legislation.

“We are pleased to finally put to an end the nearly decade-long debate over direct shipment of wine,” state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said Tuesday. “New Jersey residents will now have another convenient way to purchase the excellent wines offered by our many fine Garden State wineries, as well as wineries throughout the country.”

“Our division is prepared to process applications from out-of state wineries and will operate this program with the utmost integrity,” Alcoholic Beverage Control Director Michael Halfacre added.