Some hope for Massachusetts. Yesterday, Gov. Deval Patrick “may have inadvertently revived an issue that has flummoxed Bay State policymakers for years, lending support to a bill that would permit Massachusetts consumers to order direct wine shipments from out of state.”
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, “all the pieces appear to be in place for direct shipping to finally become law.”
Domaine Faiveley has been on a roll. The reason? According to Dr. Vino, it’s the arrival of the young Erwan Faiveley at the helm.
In Washington, a Superior Court judge has rejected a request to temporarily halt implementation of the November initiative to privatize state liquor sales while he decides whether it’s constitutional. Wines & Vines has more.
Elsewhere in Wines & Vines, Merry Edward denounces the expansion of the Russian River Valley AVA.
Joe Roberts thinks that the “ultimate holiday gift for the wine lover on your list is wine from ‘someplace else.’” I agree.
“If you don’t want to pass the great bottles, better to save them for smaller occasions with the oenophiles than create a caste system of worthy and unworthy cousins.” In the New York Times, Social Q’s addresses the question that many wine geeks have pondered.