Georgia Wine Laws

From today’s AJC:

Two-buck Chuck fans, get your glasses ready. Or maybe you’ll just slug it straight from the bottle. Either way, savor this:

“We have Charles Shaw,” said assistant manager Kevin Price of Trader Joe’s in Roswell.

The grocery chain didn’t have its trademark private label wine — aka two-buck Chuck — for its first few weeks in business here. Now Trader Joe’s has apparently navigated Georgia’s restrictive liquor laws and is stocking shelves with the popular Charles Shaw vino and other libations.

Fans of Trader Joe’s, a quirky California chain know for Hawaiian décor and cheap gourmet food items, were fretting over some hang-ups the retailer was having with its liquor licensing in Georgia.

Georgia laws regarding wine distribution, for example, require in part that retailers buy from authorized wholesalers in Georgia. That caused delays for Trader Joe’s, which heavily deals in its own private brands.

Georgia laws heavily favor wholesalers/distributors and in-state wineries, which produce sub-standard libations.  Several federal court cases have been proven to be un-Constitutional in other states. 

It is unfortunate that wine lovers in Georgia are forced to pay above market values for good wine, because a few people want their cut.


  1. ColinATL says:

    I thought it was like that with car dealerships, too. Don’t all cars in Georgia have to enter through the port at Jacksonville, or something like that?

    Truly, does anyone in this state support the protectionist liquor laws other than the distributors who make all the money off of them?

  2. Demonbeck says:


    Why would Georgia force car dealerships to import autos through Jacksonville when both Brunswick and Savannah have major port facilities?

    Statements like that make me wonder why our state Capital is placed so far north. It’s clear that folks up there have no clue about anything south of the Henry County line.

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