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All Bottled Up How to ensure your homebased wine-selling business doesn't turn into sour grapes

By Paul and Sarah Edwards

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Question: I'm interested in opening a wine-sellingbusiness from home but am clueless about how to begin. How do Ilearn about licenses, or even how to purchase wine fromwineries?

Answer: Wine continues to grow in popularity. In fact,wine consumption has grown dramatically in the U.S., up 63 percentsince 1991. As you're aware, people's choices aren'tconfined to the wine on their local store shelves; they can buywine online and have it delivered to their doorsteps (though youcan't ship wine via the U.S. Postal Service; it'sillegal).

While it's easier to sell and store wine than whiskey andother distilled spirits, you must be prepared to affiliate withnonhomebased licensed establishments and navigate complicated statealcoholic-beverage control laws and regulations, which changefrequently.

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