Judge Upholds Much of Kentucky Law Governing Wine Shipments

Louisville, KY. (AP) -- A federal judge rules out-of-state wineries can ship their wares into Kentucky.

Tuesday's ruling upholds a state law set to take effect in January. That means wineries in other states that are licensed in Kentucky can start shipping wine across state lines next week.

The ruling by US District Judge Charles R. Simpson III came in a lawsuit filed by Cherry Hill Vineyards, an Oregon winery. The suit claimed Kentucky's law violated the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution by giving preference to Kentucky businesses over out-of-state merchants.

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