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Wine Shipping Rules and How to Get Around Them

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Whether you’re visiting wineries in France or California, you may be surprised to find out that you can’t always ship back your favorite bottles.

Currently, only 33 states allow wineries to ship directly to consumers across state lines, and just five are reciprocal – meaning they can ship to one another.

But if you’re from Kentucky or Tennessee, you’re out of luck. It’s a felony to ship wine to consumers.

In New Jersey, it’s even illegal to receive direct shipments from wineries … in New Jersey!

Our advice: Put a couple of bottles into a wine carrier that you can pack in your suitcase and check it.

If you’re not sure about your state’s restrictions, visit the Wine Institute for a table on who can ship where.

And if you want to join the fight in getting rid of wine-shipping restrictions altogether, visit

Need more information? Check out Wine Shipping 101: Sorry, That’s a Felony.

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