Wineries fight for exports

Oregon wineries oppose federal legislation that could hurt state-to-state exports.

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Oregon wineries and others across the country are fighting federal legislation that could hurt their ability to ship products across state lines.

They say House Resolution 5034, introduced into Congress earlier this month, would shift the balance between state and federal authority over wine and alcohol.

“The vast majority of Oregon and American wineries depend on the ability to ship their product direct to consumers,” said David Adelsheim, founder and president of Adelsheim Vineyard in Newberg. “This legislation has the power to overturn all of that.”

The resolution was introduced April 15 at the behest of the powerful National Beer Wholesalers Association. The Virginia-based organization represents the interests of the country’s 2,850 licensed, independent beer distributors.

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