Thursday, January 1, 2009

Scams, shipping and oh yeah, Happy New Year

I was planning on giving an update on where we are with shipping in the US, but this morning we discovered that someone was trying to execute a scam on Purple Teeth Cellars. Yes, even our little business seems to be worthy of attention by Nigerian scam artists.

I'd lay it out for you, but Marc actually found a blogger who not only had the same thing happen to them, but
had the tenacity to follow-through on trying to nail these folks. It takes awhile to get through the story, but her research has been able to educate others so they do not fall victim to these people. So we want to give a shout-out to Mary over at Dover Creek Winery in Paso Robles, CA.

On to shipping. For those of you who don't know, shipping wine within (yes, I said 'within') the US is very complicated, onerous, and a few other words that are not appropriate for a family-friendly blog.

We just found out that we are not going to be able to ship to Indiana anymore, effective immediately, because
they require the customer to have visited the winery in the past year in order to receive shipments. We know of no good reason why a law like this needs to be in place, but we are forced to abide by it. If you are from Indiana and are interested in ordering wine from Purple Teeth Cellars, please write your local legislator and find out why this law needs to be in place.

Now by March 1st, we should be able to start sending wine to Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Ohio. The fact that it is not set-up for us to just be able to "ship wine" is frustrating not just for us at Purple Teeth Cellars, but for other small wineries, retailers and consumers all over the country. The people who profit from these laws are wholesale middlemen who want to inhibit consumer choice.

Free the Grapes is a great organization that keeps abreast of the latest shipping laws and is working to ensure that wineries like Purple Teeth Cellars are in a position to ship anywhere in the US.

If you support being able to have the choice to purchase wine from where ever you would like (whether it is Purple Teeth Cellars or some other winery),
please write your state legislator and let them know your feelings on this issue.

As always, we are thankful for your support and wish you nothing but health, happiness and good fortunes for 2009. Happy New Year!

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