Wine drinking in Maryland could become much easier — though not without a price.
The Maryland General Assembly is about to break tradition and allow wineries to ship directly to consumers.
Maryland senators have scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a measure that would add a sales tax for beer, wine and liquor, similar to the one D.C. levies.
Representatives of Maryland wineries and retailers told a pair of General Assembly committees Friday that direct shipping of wine to consumers will help them stay in business, while doing little to harm mom-and-pop liquor stores.
A top Senate Democrat told lobbyists for wine vendors on Thursday that some form of direct wine shipping will be approved in Maryland this year.
Supporters of bills to allow Marylanders to get wine shipped directly to them from out-of-state appear to be gaining momentum in Annapolis.
Lawmakers have submitted legislation to allow the direct shipping of wine in Maryland.
Wine collectors in Frederick are trying again to change state law to allow restaurants to give patrons the
option of bringing their own wine to dinner for a fee.