In Tennessee you cannot ship wine to some one, you cannot order it online. This is a shame for the people in the city of Memphis, one of the main hubs for Fedx. Memphians always get stuff very quick when it is shipped through fedx. The main argument that I have heard against allowing the shipments of wine are based on preventing minors from getting alcohol.
"As for protecting minors, does Michigan really believe that a 16 year-old is going to swipe his Dad's credit card and order a case of Opus One on line? "
first I would like to point out that this techcentral guy is a moron. Yes, the kids will use their dad's credit card. By the time he gets the statement, they have reaped the reward. More importantly, a smarter more independent child, who works, and has a checking account of their own might be able to get a debit card. They might be able to use the debit card on line to get the alcohol.
For that reason, I consider the argument that kids might buy the alcohol online a good one. I also belive it becomes mute once you realize that you can buy guns online. The catch is that guns cannot be shipped to you home (unless it is a private transfer of some kind, but I have no idea if that is legal, or what steps must be taken to ensure the legality of that action.), they must be shipped to your FFL ( a federally licensed firearm dealer). In effect guns travel the same distribution which presently exists. I see no reason why alcohol could not travel the same pathway which exists for that product.
Will it increase the cost of wine? You bet ya. Will you be able to buy as much as you want from home? You bet ya.