Updated: July 8, 2016
Dear Wine Lovers of Rhode Island,
As you know, bills were introduced in 2016 that promised to remove an archaic provision that requires Rhode Island wine lovers like you to visit a winery before receiving a shipment of wine directly from that winery.
Unfortunately, the bills died in committee. But we are hopeful that the bills, or a bill, will be introduced in 2017 that we can support.
Of the 43 states and the District of Columbia that allow winery-to-consumer shipments, only Rhode Island and Arkansas include the winery visit penalty. (Arizona’s Governor Ducey signed a bill in March 2016 which eliminated this burden for Arizona consumers.)
It’s time to give you the freedom to choose which wine you want to enjoy, just like wine lovers do in nearly every other state. We will keep you informed as we learn more.
Thank you for your continued support!
Free the Grapes!