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07.17.2013

Buying Wine in America

buy_this_wine.jpgHere in the United States, we've just finished celebrating our independence as a nation, and students of history will know that the battles fought and won for this cause, while clearly ideological, were largely motivated by commercial interests. In short, we were damn tired of not being able to buy and sell what we wanted, when we wanted. Our Independence Day remains as much a celebration of capitalism as anything else.

The irascible nature of America in the face of constraints on commerce has been one of the driving forces of my country's progress for more than two hundred years. Yet there is one product more than any other whose trade America seems perfectly content to squeeze, forestall, and otherwise thwart.

OK. Child pornography, high-explosives, and an increasingly long list of things that terrorists have used to manufacture bombs notwithstanding, one of the hardest things to buy in America remains a bottle of wine.

Yes, we wine lovers continue to struggle for our own independence in the face of backward-thinking morality, protectionism, and crony capitalism. I've discussed the bizarre and conflicting laws that make sending someone a bottle of wine or buying one along with your groceries a bona-fide nightmare, but this month let's explore all the options available to Americans and visitors to our shores. I humbly present to you: a primer on buying wine in America.

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