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The high court struck down state laws forbidding the shipment of wine from wineries to consumers.

In a victory for wineries both small and large, not to mention wine aficionados, the Supreme Court’s recent ruling cites state laws as anti-competitive and discriminatory.

The ruling noted how in-state wineries may ship directly to consumers, but out-of-state concerns were forbidden to do so. In a 5-4 ruling, the Court recognized the states’ right to regulate alcohol sales, but noted they cannot discriminate purely for economic reasons.

Those economic reasons add up to millions of dollars collected by state governments. As wines pass from wineries to licensed wholesalers, states tack on alcohol taxes. The decision affects as many as 24 states.

As pointed out by Wine.com in a previous WebProNews article, some people have misunderstood the ruling, believing it to apply to retailers. The ruling only applies to wineries; the rules for retailers selling to consumers have not changed.

David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business. Email him here.

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