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Mississippi: Support REAL Direct Wine Shipping

Updated January 31, 2018

Dear Wine Lovers of Mississippi,

This week, several bills are under consideration. We need your voice to support real direct-to-consumer wine shipments, that is, wine shipments from wineries through common carriers like FedEx and UPS, directly to your home or office.

Even if you've used our website to write a letter, please do so again. Here's why.

Some of these bills under consideration are not real direct-to-consumer shipments, and would set back our efforts. They would require that you order and pick-up wine from a local retailer. In other words, you would have to first visit a retailer and request a wine they don’t have, then the retailer would request it from the wholesaler, who would request it from the winery. The winery, if there’s any wine left, ships your bottles to MS' only warehouse in South Madison County, then they ship your wine to the retailer, the retailer lets you know it’s now in stock, and then you have to pick it up at the retailer. 

  • Your local retailer may NOT want to go to the hassle of ordering it through the wholesaler
  • The state controls the middle wholesale tier; will they want to handle one-off orders of 3-4 bottles? Will they even have staff to contact the winery?
  • Similar retailer “special order” provisions have not worked in other states like Arizona and Kansas, where they were replaced with consumer-friendly legislation; and they won’t in Mississippi either.

Please act today by:

  1. Write Your Legislators: Take two minutes and personalize our message below.
  2. Follow us on Facebook: We post news and updates on Facebook.
  3. Forward this Message to Your Friends and Colleagues: Legislators really do listen to consumers and we need wine lovers to speak up.

We will keep you informed as we hear more information from local lobbyists.

Thank you for your support!

Free the Grapes! 

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