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January 18, 2012

New Jersey oenophiles can now buy up to 12 cases of wine directly from out-of-state wineries and have it shipped to their doorsteps, after Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law on Tuesday.

Only wineries that produce 250,000 cases of wine or less will be able to ship directly to New Jerseyans, and out-of-state wineries must purchase a license to sell wine in New Jersey at a cost of $938.

The bill is intended to help New Jersey wineries who want to open salesrooms for their wines. A previous bill, which allowed local wineries to sell their wines in salesrooms but barred out-of-state wineries from doing so, was deemed unconstitutional by the federal courts.

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