U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III is expected to give a very important important ruling in Kentucky by the end of the year, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. The ruling will help decide the fate of the Kentucky law that was set to take effect on January 1st. The new law would allow for direct shipments into Kentucky, but only for wineries with production under 50,000 gallons. The law also includes a requirement, inserted by the wholesale lobby, that the sale takes place while the customer is physically present at the winery. The original Huber lawsuit claims this requirement puts small out-of-state wineries at a competitive disadvantage.