Drew Bledsoe Seeks Change In Mass. Wine Shipment Law

March 21, 2013 3:00 PM
Drew Bledsoe Seeks Change In Mass. Wine Shipment Law
" BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe was at the State House Thursday, urging lawmakers to end a ban on wine shipments from out-of-state.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Carl Stevens reports

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Bledsoe owns a small winery in Washington. He’s asking legislators on Beacon Hill to allow Massachusetts residents to order wine from other states online and have it shipped to their homes.

“Ultimately, you’re talking about one-percent of wine in the United States is direct-shipped. You’re also only talking about wine, you’re not talking beer, spirits,” Bledsoe told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens.

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Three years ago, a federal judge ruled the Massachusetts ban was unconstitutional, but lawmakers haven’t done anything about it.

Drew Bledsoe at his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame. (Photo Courtesy of the New England Patriots)

“It’s a big deal, particularly for the small wineries around the country, of which I think there are about 8,000 wineries. Being able to ship new cases of wine direct to customers in a state like Massachusetts certainly makes a difference for some small wineries,” Bledsoe said "

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