Great News from the State of Minnesota

Minnesota has lifted their ban on internet wine sales and advertisements. A Consent Order was entered on April 3, 2006, in the case of Kimberly Crockett, et al vs. Michael Campion, Commissioner of Minnesota Department of Public Safety, et al, wherein it was declared that the plaintiff and other wineries have the right under the First and Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to engage in truthful, non-misleading advertising and solicitation of direct sales and shipments of wine to Minnesota consumers, as well as to freely initiate and/or accept on-line orders for sales and shipment of wine placed by Minnesota consumers via the internet. Therefore, wineries may advertise and accept internet orders from consumers in Minnesota. A copy of the Order is available at www.wineinstitute.org/shipwine under current events. Finally, one state got a little less complicated!

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