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SD reconsidering direct wine sale ban

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Home delivery of all alcohol products is illegal in South Dakota. That might change next year.

A state legislative committee is looking at allowing South Dakotans to purchase wine directly from the makers and having it delivered.

Current laws date to the end of prohibition in the 1930s. Bill proponents say it's time to upgrade to the Internet speed of business.

Consumers could order out-of-state wines and from local makers like the new Firehouse Wine Cellars in downtown Rapid City, says service manager Mike Hackett.

"As it is right now, I can't ship wine from Rapid City to Sioux Falls to a private individual and we would certainly like the ability to do that," Hackett said Tuesday.

Craft beer makers and small liquor makers like Black Hills Distillery in Sturgis also want the self-distribution option to stay competitive, says co-owner Paul Lewis.

"We are just asking simply for parity, equality, in the ability to get our product to the marketplace, the same as wine," said Lewis, who testified before the committee in Pierre on Monday.

The state House of Representatives earlier this year killed a wine delivery measure.

State lawmakers will decide in September whether to again propose alcohol distribution changes to the 2015 South Dakota Legislature.

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