More than 450 wineries sell through Michigan mail

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Wineries have enjoyed new business opportunities in Michigan's first full year under a new law regulating shipments of wine directly to customers.

The state Liquor Control Commission reports 451 wineries and wine distribution companies have received permits and sold wine through the mail to Michigan customers.

A report released today in The Detroit News says most are from California, followed by Michigan's 40 homegrown producers.

No winery has approached the 1,500-case annual limit on direct shipping that some feared would be too restrictive.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 struck down Michigan's former policy of allowing only in-state wineries to ship directly to Michigan residents.


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