For real. The Massachusetts state house just approved a proposal to allow direct sales of wine, which would allow Bledsoe to ship his Washington State wine to Patriots fans.
Two lawmakers would have the state loosen the state’s regulation of wine sales at vineyards and online.
New policy proposals from Rep. William Straus and Minority Leader Brad Jones were adopted without discussion during the third and final day of debate on the state’s annual budget. They would need to clear the Senate before becoming law.
The Jones amendment would create a new license for direct wine sales, which is something former New England Patriots quarterback and current vintner Drew Bledsoe has lobbied for. The license would be available to wineries with federal permits, costing $300 initially and $150 for renewal.
The wineries would need to pay taxes on the shipments and would be penalized for shipping to anyone underage.
And it turns out, Drew Bledsoe makes a good bottle of wine:
Oh sure, he’s in the New England Patriots Hall of Fame, but his Doubleback Cabernet landed on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in its very first year. Holy touchdown!
Wine Specator gave his 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley a whopping 95 points.
And more recently the 2010 got 95 Points from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. The guy is still scoring.
But I bet there’s probably a vintner on the bench who would make an even better one. The rest here.