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Missouri lawmakers quietly killed consumers' ability to order wine from out-of-state retailers last year.

Bills have been introduced to end the restrictions on retailer shipping, and lawsuits have been filed challenging the bans.

On July 11, 2017, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens signed into law a bill presented as relating to the “sale of liquor in airports.”

Ed Sands of Calvert Woodley says the shipping clampdown has dramatically impacted his business. Photo: David Yellen

Can't find a bottle at your local wine shop? States and shipping companies are clamping down on shipping by wine retailers, leaving consumers with fewer choices.

Premium wine sales (above $10 per bottle) will grow in the range of 4 to 8%, down from the estimate of 10 to 14% in 2017.

While the US has experienced a boom in wine sales over the past two decades, that growth is now levelling off, according to the Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) 2018 State of the Wine Industry Report, with retiring baby boomers and “frugal” millennials driving a “rotation” of consumer preferences.

 For a shopper hoping to buy a bottle of wine from their local grocery store while they pick up dinner on the way home from work, their options are limited to what is known as “light wine”.

As our economy evolves in the 21st century, consumers are placing greater demands on retailers to offer more choices, greater convenience and lower prices. Too often, though, businesses trying to meet these demands run into antiquated local policies that restrict their ability to compete and offer what consumers say they want.

The Pouilly brotherhood welcomed 10 new bailli into their fold at a January ceremony.

It is not every day you get asked to join a medieval-style brotherhood, and I was nervous lest the Pouilly winegrowers spot that I knew nothing about wine.

What if they asked me to explain the difference between a Pouilly-Fumé and a Sancerre?