Group opposes Internet, grocery store wine sales

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Legislation allowing Tennesseans to buy wine over the Internet is under attack from a group backed by wine and liquor wholesalers.

Tennesseans Against Teen Drinking has a Web site opposing both Internet wine sales legislation and a bill allowing the sale of wine in grocery stores.

The site encourages viewers to contact lawmakers and allows them to sign a petition against the proposals as promoting underage drinking.

Tennesseans Against Teen Drinking spokesman Philip McGowan says the group is a coalition of various organizations, including the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association.

State Senator Doug Jackson, a sponsor of the Internet wine bill, says that the wholesale liquor lobby wants to protect profits and is trying to hide behind the concept of teen drinking.

All wine and liquor in Tennessee must go through wholesalers to licensed retail liquor and wine stores. Residents can't legally receive shipments of wine from other states; only wholesalers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Hector Simon Location: Nashville on Mar 18, 2009 at 08:47 PM
    Your headline says... "Group opposes Internet, grocery store wine sales" What? Are you censoring my post!? What? You folks don't want opposing views!? What? So, you support wine in stores and anyone that has a different view, you won't post!?
  • by Betty Location: Oak Ridge on Mar 10, 2008 at 09:54 AM
    I think wine sales should be in the grocery stores. Beer & wine are both alcholic beverages and we should be able to purchase them any any store.
  • by alex Location: knoxville on Mar 9, 2008 at 08:54 PM
    Wine sales in krogers would be awesome that would save a trip
  • by Carrie Location: Portland, Oregon on Mar 9, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    These wholesalers, in particular, are so shortsighted! Don't they realize that IF internet wine sales were allowed, there could be operations in TN that would be selling a LOT of wine to people out of state, thus increasing the wholesale trade in TN?


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