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Bob Fila, Chicago Tribune

Got Sauvignon? Amazon starts selling wine

  • Associated Press
  • November 8, 2012 - 3:31 PM

NEW YORK - Amazon.com has added wine to the long list of products it sells through its online marketplace.

Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that it will ship wine to 12 states and Washington DC from its new storefront. The world's largest online retailer says shipping up to six bottles will cost $10.

The Seattle-based company says it is offering more than 1,000 wines from wineries around the U.S. The prices range from less than $10 to more than $100.

With Amazon Wine, the retailer is competing with online wine sellers such as Wine.com, as well as with traditional brick-and-mortar wine sellers.

The Amazon launch covered 12 states and the District of Columbia. Sales are not yet available in Minnesota, but there are few obstacles to that.

Minnesota statute 340a.417 allows a licensed U.S. winery to sell two cases a year to a Minnesota resident for personal use; an adult must sign for the shipment.

Executive director Frank Ball said the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association ”would oppose that vehemently, This is not tires, batteries and accessories, this is booze.”

Ball, whose trade association represents about 3,500 restaurants and retail outlets selling alcoholic beverages, said The impact is much like Best Buy is seeing. People could go into Haskell’s and get all the information and then go on the Internet and get it cheaper. They should at least pay the liquor taxes that the rest of us are having to charge.”

Staff writer Bill Ward contributed to this report.
 

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