Wine 2013: the year so far

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NYS put its foot down.

In a rather stunning reversal of years of non enforcement of the statutes on their books, New York State sent out cease and desist order to New Jersey retailers this past week.  While little is known about the motivations and workings within the state liquor authority about this move, it is obviously about protecting the interests of New York's wine retailers. The question we are all waiting to find the answer to though is how might this affect the state's wine industry if other states follow suit and prevent New York's retail wine industry from shipping out of state.

So much of  the legislation we have governing wine sales in this country has been put in place to protect the interests of big business, and I find it both sad and baffling how no one cares about the big picture here. From some early rumblings about loosening regulation not even a decade ago we are now faced with continuing tightening of regulations and limiting consumer's access to wine. Of course this is all driven by politics so I should not be baffled that those running things look like they want to screw everything up for their benefit.

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