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A push is underway to allow wine shipments directly to Alabama homes. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia already allow this option to consumers, according to The Wine Institute. At Ozan Winery in Calera, Chris Smith sells the vineyard’s award ...


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A push is underway to allow wine shipments directly to Alabama homes.{\/p}Forty-four states and the District of Columbia already allow this option to consumers, according to The Wine Institute.{\/p}At Ozan Winery in Calera, Chris Smith sells the vineyard\u2019s award winning wine to people across the countyBut he faces a problem when Alabamians want wine shipped directly to their homes.{\/p}\u201cWe are allowed to ship outside of the state of Alabama directly to consumers,\u201d explained Smith\u201cWe use a shipping company that handles that licensingBut inside the state of Alabama, we currently have to ship directly to an ABC store so there is no direct consumer purchasing.\u201d{\/p}Smith says allowing direct shipment in Alabama would boost business at Ozan.{\/p}\u201cIt would give us the ability to put that bottle on a table in someone's home to enjoy wine produced here in Alabama,\u201d{\/p}Wednesday, a Senate committee meeting was scheduled to have a public hearing on a bill by SenBill Holzclaw (R- Madison) that would allow the direct wine shipments.{\/p}Committee chairman, SenPhil Williams (R- Rainbow City) says Holtzclaw asked lawmakers to wait a little longer, probably so he could work out some issues on the bill before the vote.{\/p}There was a list of opponents ready to speak, including Joe Godfrey who represents a group of churches.{\/p}\u201cWe're concerned about the continued expansion of alcohol and this is an unprecedented expansion because it makes it available to people in their own homes,\u201d explained Godfrey.{\/p}Williams says he looks forward to more debate on the issue...{\/p}\u201cI'm going to want to find out why Alabama cannot do what other states are doing, states we typically align ourselves with,\u201d explained Williams.{\/p}\u201cThe concern I would have is the underage drinking idea and those topics that have to be addressed,\u201d said SenGreg Reed (R- Jasper)\u201cThe fact that you get online and order things that come to a home 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