Maryland's a great state and all, but I often feel out of step with its legislative body. Especially when it comes to wine sales. It's bad enough that liquor stores in my county can't even sell on Sundays (and don't get me started on the lack of availability in grocery stores), but within the past two weeks, the state legislature has effectively killed two bills that would allow for direct-to-consumer wine shipping in Maryland.
Apparently there's still a glimmer of hope for one of them - so go to Free the Grapes to send your reps a letter - but that glimmer is faint.
But this article does suggest some potentially good news. If Amazon does, indeed, get into the biz, there's a chance that they'll exert some pressure that individual wineries just can't afford. We'll see. I'm hopeful, but certainly not holding my breath.