Maryland’s Comptroller finally released his report about the state of buying wine on-line. There are mixed reviews because he basically says that its OK to buy wine directly from a winery, but doesn’t think that local retailers can compete with out-of-state retailers.
I’ll let you judge that for yourself.
So – can I get beer shipped to me directly from breweries. I don’t think so. It’s difficult to believe that this is still an issue.
More coverage here and here.
This article from the Baltimore Sun has some real gems in it.
“When one of Maryland’s most famous chefs (presently featured with his brother Michael Voltaggio in two-page spread in the Williams-Sonoma catalogue) and the nation’s most famous wine connoisseur get together and the resulting meal is somehow regarded as a violation of the law, then there’s a problem with the law.”
“Just as wine lovers should have the right to have wine legally shipped to their door, customers ought to be able to bring it with them to lunch or dinner at a restaurant that’s willing to allow such a practice.”
My commentary: while the law is beyond stupid, we shouldn’t lose focus that this affects good beer too.