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Wine Spectator: Wine Drinkers Face New Hurdles Ordering Online

February 5, 2018

On January 26, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson stood before reporters at a press conference, surrounded by 67 bottles of wine and spirits. Hood announced that the alcohol had been purchased online by state investigators from retailers outside the state. It’s illegal for merchants to ship alcohol into Mississippi, yet 22 of 63 retailers contacted by investigators for orders shipped alcohol into the state. One bottle was sent to Frierson’s office.

Attorney General Hood announced that he has asked a judge to order out-of-state merchants to stop sending alcohol to Mississippi residents. The state is also suing four wine retailers—two in New York and two in California. That legal action is the latest salvo in a battle between state governments and some of the country’s most renowned wine retailers. And wine consumers are caught in the middle. Wine Spectator has a full report.

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