Before the new direct wine shipper license will go into effect Beacon Hill has already started to tinker with the statutory limits of the license. This week Rep. John Sciback a Democrat from South Hadley and the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure introduced a bill that would amend the s. 19F license to allow for direct shipments to re-sellers, and not just consumers. This change may create an end-run around wholesalers for manufacturers looking to move product into the hands of retailers. See the full text below.
Section 19F of chapter 138 of the General Laws, inserted by section 162 of chapter 165 of the acts of 2014, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (b) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-
(b) Under this section, a direct wine shipper licensee may make sales and delivery of wine: (1) at retail directly to residents of the commonwealth who are 21 years of age or older, for personal use and not for resale; (2) at wholesale in kegs, casks, barrels or bottles to a person licensed pursuant to section 12, 13 or 14; provided, however, that all direct deliveries of wine from a winery to a licensee pursuant to section 12, 13, or 14 shall not exceed 250 cases of wine annually; (3) at wholesale for the sole purpose of resale in containers in which wine was delivered to any person licensed pursuant to section 15; provided, however, that all direct deliveries of wine from a winery to a section 15 licensee shall not exceed 250 cases of wine annually; (4) at wholesale to a person licensed pursuant to section 18, 19 or 19B; (5) at wholesale to churches and religious societies, educational institutions, incorporated hospitals, homes for the aged, manufacturers of food products and manufacturers of drugs and chemicals pursuant to section 28; or (6) at wholesale to a registered pharmacist holding a certificate of fitness pursuant to section 30.