Inquiring reader Jack d'Agostino asks: Where will Amazon be shipping wine?
New Vine Logistics, who will apparently be doing fulfillment for Amazon, claims that they can deliver wine in 45 states. Press reports have stated that Amazon will ship wine to 25 or 26 states. There are currently 15 states where direct shipment of wine is prohibited (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah), plus one state (Kansas) where you must purchase the wine on-site. The Wine Institute has more details on each state's shipping laws.
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
This represents the last-likely-to-cause-problems approach, which makes good sense.
Of course, since Amazon has made no official announcement, and New Vine Logistics refers all questions to Amazon, this is (educated) speculation. It will be interesting to see where they roll out initially, and what happens over time as a result of Amazon's entry into the marketplace.
(Astute readers will notice that eight states -- Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Vermont -- are not part of the 15 + 1 + 26.)