Back in the early to mid 1990s one of my clients was a fairly large Texas Winery. It’s president was a very accomplished wine and spirits executive who after retiring from a large company took the position at this Texas winery…I think just to keep busy and keep in control of something.
However, at the time there was no person in Texas more anti-direct shipping than he. His reasoning was if direct shipping was allowed in Texas then CA wineries would overwhelm his sales, which he and his team had done a great job of developing among Texas distributors and consumers.
Were he still alive today, he would be one unhappy man. It appears that Texas will not only be allowing directs shipping, but will be changing it’s laws to allow sampling of out-of-state wines in Texas grocery stores.
This is really important for the health of those small wineries across the country we all love so much. Texas is the 4th largest wine market in America.