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The Boston Globe reports that the Somerville startup Drync is making it possible to order wine (a bottle or a case) through its mobile app and pick it up at a local retailer. On Jan. 1, it becomes legal in Massachusetts for wineries to ship their products directly to your doorstep.

Drync founder and chief executive Brad Rosen said that current options for direct-to-consumer shipping of wine are onerous: It can be expensive, and someone 21-or-older often needs to be home to sign for the shipment. Through the app, it’s now possible to order any of Drync’s 30,000 wines on offer and pick them up at one of eight Boston-area retailers.

“We call it the infinite shelf,” Rosen said to the Globe. “If the wine you want is in the state somewhere, our retailers get it from their wholesalers.” The bottles will be available for pickup between one and four days after the order is placed.

The Boston Globe reported today that Massachusetts consumers are one step closer to getting wine delivered straight to their doorsteps.

The state Legislature has created a new permit system that will allow out-of-state wineries to sell and ship their bottlings directly to Massachusetts consumers beginning next year. If approved by Governor Patrick, the legislation would resolve a longstanding frustration of wine enthusiasts who found it nearly impossible to sample new vintages that were not available at their local store.

“This is good news for Massachusetts wine enthusiasts, who will now be able to purchase wines they currently don’t have access to,” said Robert Dwyer of Wellesley, who blogs about wine, as reported by the Globe.

Out-of-state wineries are hoping this finally will be the year that they can make direct shipments to local Massachusetts consumers, as reported by the Boston Herald.

A trade group for California vintners, who’ve been pushing for the state for nearly 20 years, is supporting proposed legislation again this year. The bill was the subject of a public hearing last week before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Licensure.

State law enacted in 2006 limits direct-to-consumer shipments to wineries that produce less than 30,000 gallons per year and haven’t used a wholesaler for distribution in the last six months. It effectively prevents shipments of 98 percent of wine produced out of state, while allowing direct deliveries by all Bay State wineries.

Perhaps not. Massachusetts wine lovers will continue to be prevented from purchasing their favorite wines directly from in-state and out-of-state wineries if House Bill 4497 does not pass next week, according to Free the Grapes!, a national consumer and winery grassroots coalition.

Stuck in the House Ways & Means Committee, HB 4497 is similar to bills in the majority of U.S. states which provide for legal, regulated, winery-to-consumer shipments. Among other provisions, HB 4497 requires wineries to purchase a state-issued shipping license, to mark boxes as requiring signature at delivery, and to limit the quantity of wine shipped to individuals. The basis for HB 4497, the “model direct shipping bill,” was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and supported by the Federal Trade Commission.

In January, the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and against the state in Family Winemakers of California v. Jenkins. The lawsuit successfully challenged a 2006 law banning winery-to-consumer shipments from wineries and wine companies producing more than 30,000 gallons per year, and who retain a Massachusetts wholesaler. The 30,000 gallon capacity cap was ruled to be discriminatory and the legislature was tasked with developing a remedy.