A Bad New York Bill is Brewing

We recently discussed a wine win in New York State. Now, Governor Cuomo faces a bill that has the potential to restrict wine and bartending in the state. This new bill would raise the serving age and increase restrictions on Finger Lakes wineries, Local SYR reports:

A new bill that has been passed by the New York State Assembly could have negative impacts on the wineries throughout the southern tier if it's signed into law by Governor Cuomo. That bill would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to serve alcohol or handle an open container.

But this bill goes further than just limiting who can serve the alcohol, when it comes to wineries in the Finger Lakes, there would be an increase in restrictions. The bill limits the number of wine or cider tastings a winery can give, the change would only allow for six- 3 ounce wine tastings, which would equal a total of 18 ounces of wine. However, it also makes it illegal for a winery to serve the same person twice in the same day...

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Report: Michigan Wine Lovers Have No Access to 89% of Wines


As the growing crackdown on interstate wine shipments continues, the National Association of Wine Retailers has released an estimate that Michigan residents are barred from receiving nearly 90% of the wines available on the market today because of state restrictions:

"The increase in interstate wine shipment by wine retailers and wine stores over the past decade can be traced directly to 3 developments in the American economy:

1. A significant increase in the number and diversity of domestic and imported wine products in the U.S. marketplace

2. Increased access to information about these new and diverse wine products

3. New logistics and delivery technology allowing efficient delivery of wine products.

Yet while these developments increase the demand for interstate shipment of wine, they also throw into sharp relief the deficiencies of the now archaic wine distribution systems and laws still in effect in many states. Consumers realize they now have less access to the true American wine marketplace.

The state of Michigan is a perfect example of this phenomenon. Between January 1, 2014 and October 27, 2017, the Federal Tax and Trade Bureau —the federal agency that must approve wines for sale in the United States before they are sold—approved 405,513 wines for the American marketplace. Yet during that same time, the state of Michigan approved only 44,233 wines for sale in that state. This is barely 11% of the wines available nationwide. Put another way, 89% of wines available in the American marketplace are unavailable in Michigan..."

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