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News Briefs for August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018

•A Mississippi judge has dismisssed the state’s lawsuit against out-of-state direct wine shippers, ruling that the state doesn’t have the right to pursue those businesses, according to a story in U.S. News & World Report. The three defendants involved in the case were Wine Express Inc. of Mount Kisco, New York, the Gold Medal Wine Club of Santa Barbara, California, and Bottle Deals Inc. of Syosset, New York. Mississippi attorney general Jim Hood filed suit in December, arguing that those companies broke a state law that bans direct shipment of wine and liquor. The defendants contended that Misssissippi lacked jurisdiction to take action because they sell wine and spirits in their home states and follow the tax laws there. Rankin County Court Judge John Grant offered few details in his ruling. The state says it will appeal.

•Angeleno Wine Company, the first Los Angeles winery to open since Prohibition, has secured its winegrower license and is set to begin production at its Spring Street location in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood. The grapes are sourced from the Alonso Family Vineyard, which is roughly 50 miles north of Los Angeles, and Angeleno is focused on producing wines using varietals like Tannat, Graciano, Godello, Loureiro, and Treixadura. Although wine production is set to begin immediately, Angeleno’s tasting room won’t open until Spring 2019 at the earliest.

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