New York Opens to California Wine

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(New York, NY)
Wednesday, July 13, 2005

According to provisions of the new law, California wineries will be able to begin shipments to customers New York State in about thirty days.
Jeremy Benson who represents a coalition of wineries in northern California says New York is one of the most desirable markets in the country.

"Not only because it's a big wine consumption market, but it's a very influence market as well where there's a lot of press."

The bill also allows New York wine producers to ship directly to the other states, which allow direct shipments, including California.
Peter Gregg of the New York Farm Bureau says the new law does set some limits.

"A winery can't ship more than 36 cases a year to the same customers."

The new law resulted from a lengthy legal battle in which the U-S Supreme Court declared New York's law prohibiting direct shipments as unconstitutional.