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Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

Why no wine online in Mass.?

Massachusetts is home to some of the nation’s most enthusiastic wine drinkers, and Rick Libby of Ipswich is one of them. Libby is the owner of a California winery and the founder of The Traveling Vineyard, which promotes and sells wines through home-based wine tastings around the country. His passion for wines is infused with good humor; on his website and voicemail greeting, Libby identifies himself as “chief grape stomper and head cheerleader.”

But when the subject turns to regulation — in particular his home state’s bizarre prohibition on the shipment of wine directly to consumers — Libby is frustrated.

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