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New bill will allow wine shipments to homes

February 8, 2007

Albany -- Wine connoisseurs are pushing another bill that would make it easier to get your hands on hard to find wines.

Right now you can't have wine shipped to your home unless you travel to the winery and buy it in person. A state Senate bill would allow direct wine shipments to Georgians 21 and older.

One Albany wine retailer doesn't think the plan would hurt his business.

"I have no problem with it. There's a lot of wines that we don't carry, and if they can get it through the internet, online, more power to them, but when you go to a store you got somebody there who actually knows something about wine, it gives you a little more advantage," said Paul Duffy.

Wineries, dealers, and wine retailers could ship up to 24, nine-liter cases of wine a year to an individual. But shippers would have to pay a registration fee and get a wine direct shipper license, among other stipulations.

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