Maryland Wineries Hopeful
Tuesday, December 21 2010, 08:50 pm est
Maryland wineries are hopeful that customers could soon be ordering bottles right from home.
Comptroller Peter Franchot released a report Tuesday that details how 37 states and the District of Columbia have drafted and implemented laws permitting direct shipment of alcoholic beverages.
The report disputes claims that direct shipment would make it easier for minors to get wine. It also suggests that Maryland's liquor wholesalers and retailers would see little economic harm if residents could have wine shipped directly to their homes.
The report comes amid growing signs that key lawmakers are working toward making direct wine sales legal in Maryland.