Bill could have big impact on small Calif. wineries

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Napa Valley Vineyards

Congress will hold a hearing on a bill that could have a big impact on small California wineries.

The House Judiciary Committee is considering a bill to allow states to ban direct shipping of wine to consumers. It would reverse five years of court rulings including a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

It would allow other states to require that wholesale distributors bring in California wines.

Large California wineries would probably get picked up by distributors, but small wineries and internet sales could get locked out.

Distributors have contributed more than $2 million to congressional campaigns this year.

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