September 07, 2005
Bacchus and SCOTUS
September 7, 2005 03:19 PM
Alcohol retailers quickly adjusted in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling that states had to permit interstate wine shipments if they permitted in-state ones. While Amazon.com hasn't yet lived up to my prediction that it would begin selling wine, it has partnered with wine.com and currently is offering free shipping on orders of over $100 as well as a Japanese version of the site. (Incidentally, Prof. Bainbridge reports some rough play among the shareholders of wine.com.)
My conlaw Prof. Thomas Reed Powell (Fall, 1952) told the class the anecdote about a delivery during Prohibition to a college professor of a large crate that was extensively stenciled "BOOKS". The deliverer knocked on the door and then told the professor: "Professor, your box of books is leaking." Hopefully the wine packaging is much more secure.
Now what about interstate deliveries of the hard stuff? Is gin being discriminated against?