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HOSTING AN OPEN BAR, CAUTIOUSLY

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Hosting an open bar can be a great way to revitalize a stagnant restaurant business or entice partygoers to celebrate the New Year, but for liquor licensees it presents pitfalls and potential liability unless proper measures are implemented to ensure compliance with the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission’s (“ABCC”) controlling regulations. The ABCC has Continue Reading...
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COULD MASSACHUSETTS BE THE NEXT STATE TO ALLOW DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER SHIPPING?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Massachusetts may be the next state in line to lift its current restrictions on direct winery direct shipments to in state residents.  Currently, Massachusetts law restricts out-of-state wineries from delivering directly to Massachusetts consumers by prohibiting wineries that produce more than 30,000 gallons a year and which have been represented in this state Continue Reading...
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THE CASE FOR MAINTAINING THE LIQUOR LICENSE CAP IN MASSACHUSETTS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, pursuant to state law, the number of liquor licenses towns and cities are authorized to issue is capped at a certain number based upon that municipality’s population.  Essentially, the law provides that one all alcoholic beverages pouring license may be issued for every thousand people in that municipality. Yet, not all Continue Reading...
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THE DO’S AND DONT’S OF IDENTIFYING WINE REGIONS ON LABELS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  “When it comes to wine, there is no ingredient more important than location,” explains the Joint Declaration to Protect Wine Place & Origin, a petition aimed to discourage the misapplication of geographic regions on wine labels.  Advocators and signatories of this petition include the regions of Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Champagne, and Chianti Continue Reading...
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SELLING WINE OVER THE INTERNET TO MASSACHUSETTS CONSUMERS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:   Buying wine over the Internet from nationally known websites, such as wine.com or WSJwine.com, is a complicated process.  Massachusetts laws prohibit consumers from purchasing wine directly from wholesalers, out-of-state retailers, and out-of-state wineries not in possession of a Massachusetts Winery Shipment License, issued pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, § 19F.  Indeed, Massachusetts consumers Continue Reading...
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