The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a Massachusetts law barring large wineries from directly shipping to the state’s consumers is unconstitutional.
In a Thursday ruling, Chief Judge Sandra Lynch wrote in Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins that a state law allowing only small wineries that produce 30,000 gallons or less of grape wine per year to sell directly to Massachusetts consumers runs afoul of the Constitution’s commerce clause, which limits the states’ ability to restrict interstate trade.
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