Monday, January 20, 2014

AP: Deal Close on Wine in Grocery Stores

Posted By on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Our long Tennessee nightmare could soon be over.

The Associated Press reports that the two sides of the wine in grocery stores debate are close to a deal that would allow voters to decide whether they can buy some Pinot with their pasta.

From the report:

David McMahan, a lobbyist for the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association, told The Associated Press that the two sides are "very, very close" on a deal that would allow cities and counties to vote on whether to allow wine sales in supermarkets. But the measure would maintain the current ban at convenience stores and big box retailers like Wal-Mart or Target.

McMahan does note later on, however, that the deal could still fall apart, if the aforementioned convenience stores and big box retailers aren't OK with being left out. Indeed, getting the various interested parties on the same page has always been one of the main challenges for efforts to pass such a bill.

But after failing to even make it out of committee for years, wine in grocery stores has been gaining some momentum lately. Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey told reporters in September that he thought this would be the year it went all the way. And it made our list of hopes for the new year.

We're getting a little ahead of ourselves, perhaps, but if someone's thinking about a 2014 commemorative bottle, consider it sold.

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