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Arkansas winemakers have cranked up a website about the various legislative efforts to address court rulings that make it difficult, if not legally impossible, for states to treat wine sales by in-state wineries different than those outside the state.

As it stands, wine cannot be shipped into Arkansas legally from out-of-state wineries or retail outlets, but Arkansas wineries are allowed to ship wine. This seems  unconstitutional under recent court rulings. There are two ways to solve it: prohibit Arkansas wineries from doing mail-order business or allowing out-of-state shipments into Arkansas. The wholesalers don't like the latter solution, preferring to maintain the "three-tier" system that gives them a monopoly on wine and spirits sales in the state.



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