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Senate Bill 1050 Could Make Wine More Accessible for Connecticut Consumers

According to the National Association of Wine Retailers, Connecticut’s Senate Bill 1050 would allow shipments from out-of-state wine stores and internet retailers to Connecticut consumers.

Under current law, wine-of-the-month clubs, online retailers and out-of-state wine shops are not allowed to ship wine to customers in Connecticut. The bill is slated for a hearing on April 17, in the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. As stated by the bill, the proposal sets provisions on shipping including a clear notice on the package that the contents contain alcohol; the package delivery must be signed for by a person age 21 or older; a limit of no more than five gallons (about 25 750ml bottles) per person in a two-month period; payment of sales and alcohol tax to Department of Revenue Services; and a record of sales reported to the Department of Consumer Protection.

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