Fat Chance Maryland Wineries
A news report that hit yesterday detailed a new study that showed Maryland’s wine industry would benefit if a number of regulations were lifted. Governor Robert Ehrlich commissioned the report. Among the findings was that Maryland would benefit from lifting the ban on direct shipping.
I’m not sure this is the recommendation Governor Ehrlich was looking for. In fact, Fat Chance Erhlich would ever support lifting the current direct shipping ban.
As a congressman, Ehrlich sponsored a bill to that would put a damper on direct shipping. He was among the vocal governmental officials against direct shipping. Ehrlich also happily took money from the Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association.
So, If I were a Maryland winery owner, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the Governor to get behind any proposal to lift their ban on direct shipping. Who knows…maybe the Governor will surprise everyone.