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The Impossibility Of Legally Shipping A Bottle Of Wine To Italy From VA

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The Impossibility Of Legally Shipping A Bottle Of Wine To Italy From VA

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Joe H. | | Dec 23, 2002 03:03 PM

I tried to do this today using my Fed Ex account. I was honest on the customs form and told, no, I could not do it. Nor could I do it from D. C. Only wholesalers are allowed to do this. D. C. shocked me since I hadn't expected this to be true for there also.
Now I know that Virginia is a closed state in so far as receiving deliveries from out of state wineries and/or clubs, countries, etc. But to not be able to ship ONE bottle of wine to a friend in another country as a Christmas present? This is truly ludicrous.
I am aware that several recent state supreme court decisions are close to reversing this pending more appeals by the wholesalers and distributors. But this must be one of the most self-serving senseless laws on the books. It absolutely amazes me that something like this was ever passed into law in the first place.
Having said all of this my friend in Italy likes a particular brand of American bbq sauce that he cannot buy there. I believe I am going to ship him a bottle "instead."

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