Wine E-Commerce Site Takes On Wine Shipping Laws

The laws governing direct interstate shipments from wine retailers to consumers are "confusing, arcane, inconsistent, often ignored and rarely discussed," according to this wonderful New York Times story about Wine.com's undercover operation to protest such laws.

"In what amounted to its own sting operation, Wine.com last summer ordered wine from several retail merchants and asked them to ship it to states where such shipments are illegal," the story reported. "Upon receiving the wine, Wine.com then sent letters to state regulators turning in the transgressors."