3:54 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

House Bill Allows Kentucky Winemakers to Produce Brandy and Fortified Wines


Local winery owners are in support of a bill moving through the Kentucky Legislature to allow them to distill wine waste products to create brandy and other so called fortified wines.

The Kentucky House approved the bill this week.  

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4:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

TN Lawmakers Inching Closer to 'Wine in Grocery Stores' Deal



A deal to let Tennessee grocery stores sell wine inched forward Wednesday in a state House subcommittee.  One of the last details to hash out is just how big such a store would have to be.

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5:05 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Lawmakers May Not Fight Court Ruling on Liquor Ban in Grocery Stores

Kentucky lawmakers may seek a legislative solution to the dispute over whether grocery and convenience stores should be allowed to sell liquor and wine.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s ruling that allowed wine and liquor to be sold in grocery stores and gas stations across the commonwealth.

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2013 TN General Assembly
6:57 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Tennessee Wine in Grocery Store Bill to Get Second Chance

Legislation to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores isn’t quite dead yet.

A tie vote in the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning initially indicated that bill had failed for the year. But a spokesman confirmed later in the day that Democratic Sen. Douglas Henry, who abstained on that vote now wants to vote in favor of the measure after receiving assurances that it would no longer include a provision allowing Sunday liquor sales.

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2013 TN General Assembly
1:59 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

GOP Leaders Warn Against Wine-in-Supermarket Revival

Supporters of allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores are holding out hope that it could still happen this year. But leaders of the Tennessee House say don’t hold your breath.

A deal on wine in supermarkets is still working its way through the state Senate, but the House has been silent since a narrow committee vote killed the bill two weeks ago.

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2013 TN General Assembly
1:27 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Harwell Breaks Tie to Save Wine in Tennessee Grocery Stores

House Speaker Beth Harwell single-handedly kept an effort alive that would allow grocery stores to begin selling wine. In a rare move, today she broke a tie in a legislative subcommittee. 

The speaker can vote on any of the committees. And for the first time this year, Harwell chose to do so. She says it’s time to find a compromise that would still be agreeable to the state’s 600 liquor stores, which are the only places wine can be sold now.

“We don’t want to hurt those liquor stores, and we want to do everything we can to make this as palatable to them as possible," she said. "This brings everyone to the table to discuss it.”

In the Senate, Speaker Ron Ramsey has played a critical role in moving the wine-in-supermarkets legislation, admitting he structured one committee with the bill in mind.

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7:32 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Wine in Supermarkets Debate Turns Biblical

The leader of the largest Christian denomination in the state begged state lawmakers not to expand what kinds of stores can sell wine. Until now, this year’s debate over wine in grocery stores has been about economics and fairness, not morality.

The legislation would ultimately leave it up to each city to vote on whether to allow wine in supermarkets. It’s similar to the way towns can vote on sales of liquor by the drink, and Randy Davis of the Tennessee Baptist Convention says such policies involving alcohol divide families.

“It gets bad in these towns over these kinds of issues,” he said.

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2013 KY General Assembly
5:32 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Bill Blocking Groceries from Selling Wine and Liquor Advances to House Floor


A bill that would effectively block grocery stores from selling wine and liquor—and ban wine and liquor sales in new pharmacies—was approved today in a state House committee.

Under the legislation, grocery stores could still sell alcohol from an adjoined structure with a separate entrance. 

Current law does not allow people younger than 21 to enter a place which sells wine and package liquor, which has prevented sales in grocery stores in the past.

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1:54 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Spirits Sellers to Legislators: Don't Wait for Appeals Ruling For New Liquor Law


If a federal judge's ruling goes into effect, businesses that sell liquor in Kentucky may see increased competition — and those businesses are encouraging legislators to act before an appeals  decision comes down.

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7:20 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Wine Might Come to TN Groceries


The top two Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly say they support allowing the sale of wine in supermarkets. With the influx of new GOP lawmakers comes the opportunity to reshape key committees where efforts to allow wine sales have long been corked up by opponents. 

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