Mississippi Wine Shipping Laws
Mississippi is very hot to be making wine. Even so, there are a few wineries in Mississippi that are fun to visit.
Mississippi is one of the states where it is completely ILLEGAL to get wine shipped in to you. Even if you're 50 years old, love wine from your home state of Michigan and have no other way to get that wine to drink! It always bugs me when states restrict the rights of adults to do things that adults should be able to do legally.
The state webpage on this issue is here - Mississippi Wine Shipping Laws - it says explicitly
"I thought the Supreme Court ruled that direct shipment of wine was legal?
No, in the case heard by the U. S. Supreme Court, the Court ruled that a state cannot discriminate with regard to regulation of out-of-state wineries. In other words, if an in-state winery can ship and sell directly to a consumer, then an out-of-state winery has the same privilege. In Mississippi, in-state wineries cannot ship directly to a consumer so there are no discriminatory practices. The Court further ruled that the states have the ultimate authority to regulate wine and alcohol as they see fit.
Interestingly, I heard from a winery in Mississippi (I won't name them) that DOES ship out to various states even though this law is in place. However for whatever odd reason they won't ship to Massachusetts (where it is legal to ship) - only to other random states. I'm writing them to find out what they are doing!
If you're in Mississippi, write your representative to get this law changed!
Let me know if you have any fresh information about Mississippi wine shipping laws! If you have recently had wine shipped in to you here, please let me know how smoothly the experience went. Often the laws say one thing, but FedEx and UPS say another!
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