America's smaller wineries under threat


American consumers’ right to order wine from out-of-state producers and have it shipped to their homes is again under siege, this time in the form of a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives that could end direct shipping of wine, beer and spirits in America and prevent the filing of lawsuits that have previously been successful in overturning discriminatory state laws regarding direct shipping.

The measure, HR 5034, written by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and endorsed by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association (WSWA), is still at the committee stage, yet if it makes its way...