Wine shipping bill advances in Augusta

Posted May 29, 2009, at 8:37 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Out-of-state vineyards and producers will be allowed to ship wine to Maine homes if a bill that has won a House endorsement is enacted by the Legislature.

The House on Thursday gave initial approval to Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes’ bill by a 107-39 vote.

The Yarmouth Democrat’s bill would allow Maine consumers to order wine from in-state and out-of-state vineyards, provided the vineyard has a license to do business with Maine residents.

Wine shipped to consumers would have to be conspicuously labeled, and could not be delivered without a valid photo ID that proves the consumer is over 21 years of age. The bill also would allow Maine wineries to export wine to consumers who live out-of-state.

The bill faces further House and Senate votes.