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Online Wine Sales Bill Awaits Gov's Signature

Quinn Dombrowski

 Restrictions on Internet wine purchases in Indiana may soon be a thing of the past.

The Senate has given final approval to a bill repealing the requirement that buyers make one in-person purchase before ordering wine online or by mail.

The restriction would be lifted July 1 if Gov. Pence signs the measure.

Online and mail-order shoppers would still have to scan or fax an ID.

Jim Butler, owner of  Bloomington’s Butler Winery, says he lost 90-percent of his shipping customers when the legislature added the requirement 10 years ago.

“And it also made it difficult to run a wine club because you really had two sets of customers. You had those who you had a face-to-face card signed and those that you didn’t,” Butler says.

Butler says he doesn‘t know how long it will take for the customer base to return to its old levels. 

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