Solution found to the ‘no Sunday sales’ problem.

Clearly Georgia’s law prohibiting the purchasing of alcoholic beverages on Sunday is a divisive issue. Thankfully a solution to our dilemma has been found by a Peach Pundit reader:

While they’ve been arguing about whether or not to allow local jurisdictions to vote on permitting Sunday sales of beer and wine in the legislature (and on the internets, here, here, and here), nobody seems to know that you can already buy wine on Sunday in Georgia.

9 comments

  1. ColinATL says:

    That’s interesting, I didn’t realize that wine qualifies as an agricultural product. Here’s the crux:

    The catch? The grapes have to be grown in Georgia. State law permits the sale of Georgia “agricultural products” seven days a week. Who knew that Tommy Irvin had already solved the problem for us?

    The problem with this argument, though, is that it discriminates against out of state wine. Isn’t that an agricultural product, too, under this definition?

    That being the case, there’s a whole line of U.S. Supreme Court cases from Con Law I about discriminating between in-state and out-of-state products, and how that’s unconstitutional. Can this be true?

  2. rugby_fan says:

    This neither placates, nor pacifies Erick, I hate grapes and all that they stand for and create, Erickson.

    Maybe this will change your opinion?

  3. mercergirl says:

    Yeah I found out about that when I was in Helen- apparently I could buy some wine up there because of that (it was harvested locally). However that wine was crap.

  4. bowersville says:

    A microbrewery does not qualify. If you run a ‘still and bottle bottle corn whisky in Georgia, it’s called moonshine, and it’s put in a jar and the G-man comes after you with a federal charge. “Non-taxed paid Liquor.”

    The Georgia “blue laws” prevent out of state produced wines from being sold in Georgia, other than as prescribed by the “blue laws,” not this particular piece of legislation, which permits the sale of Georgia produced wine. So, if anything is unconstitutional, it is the “blue laws,” which aren’t because each state can regulate alcohol, “local control.”

    Wine produced with grapes grown in Georgia are classified by a separate law. This separate law classifies Georgia grown grapes as a Georgia “agri-product” and promotes this product under “agri-business.”

    These wineries are not for the “Winos.” They are for those that desire a wine from the vinifera species, produced here in Georgia. Before you snicker, check the elevation of Georgia wineries here in Georgia versus their sisters in Europe and California. Look at the medals of recognition of quality they have earned.

    If you haven’t experienced Georgia produced Vinifera species wine, it’s most likely due to the distributors of alcohol in Georgia having a strangle hold and advantage given to them by Georgia “blue laws.”

  5. bird says:

    Georgia has some great vineyards. Frogtown, near Dahlonega, is one of my favorites. And, I’m not above driving from Atlanta on a Sunday if, for instance, I didn’t manage my time well (unlike Gov. Perdue) and did not have enough alcohol for a Super Bowl party. Yeah, I know beer is more appropriate, but if I have guests coming over who want drinks, I have guests coming over who want drinks!

    But this does sound “ripe” for a constitutional challenge. And re: the whole alcohol distributorship patriarchy in Georgia, this system has killed more than one Georgia brewery and may ultimately hurt some great vineyards. Effective lobbying + lots of money = a great deal for a very, very few. The rest of us are on the lower end of this feudal system, paying tribute to Roger Kahn and the like.

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