RI lawmakers to consider allowing direct wine shipments


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Islanders may soon be able to have wine shipped directly to their front doors.

A bill to create a “wine direct shipper license” and allow for the delivery of a limited amount of wine to customers through the mail is scheduled to go before the Rhode Island House Committee on Small Business later this month. 

Under the bill introduced last week, a current wine producer, supplier, importer, wholesaler, distributor or retailer could obtain a license after submitting an application with a $100 registration fee and a copy of a current alcoholic beverage license. 

Shipments to eligible individuals would be limited to up to 24 nine-liter cases of wine each year, for personal use only. 

Direct shippers would not be able to send to an address in an area identified as “dry,” and would need to ensure all containers were shipped with the label, “CONTAINS ALCOHOL SIGNATURE OF PERSON AGE 21 OR OLDER REQUIRED FOR DELIVERY.”

The committee meeting is scheduled for Feb. 26. 

PDF: Read the bill in full »

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