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New York Legislature Approves Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping
Staff Writer – June 28, 2005

On June 24, 2005, the New York Legislature approved a bill which permits both in-state and out-of-state wineries to ship wine directly to adult residents of the state. The passage of this legislation will permit all U.S. wineries to ship to consumers in New York State and benefit New York's growing wine industry.

New York State

"This is terrific news for the people and wineries of the third largest wine-consuming state and a huge victory in the 20-year battle to end discrimination against America's small, family wineries," said Robert P. Koch, President and CEO of Wine Institute. "Governor Pataki and New York's legislative leaders are to be commended for creating policy that will benefit their state with increased tax revenues, their consumers with greater choice and their wineries with access to new markets."

Following the May 16 decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, the legislation sets a valuable precedent for the rest of the country by allowing shipments of up to 36 nine liter cases of wine per resident per year.

Once the bill is signed, there are specific requirements that wineries will need to follow in order to comply with the New York law. These requirements include obtaining an annual shippers license for $125.00, paying all applicable excise and sales taxes, filing semi-annual reports, shipping their products in containers that are labeled "CONTAINS WINE -- SIGNATURE OF PERSON AGE 21 OR OLDER REQUIRED FOR DELIVERY -- NOT FOR RESALE," and submitting to the jurisdiction of the state.

Source: Wine Institute
Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group for 845 California wineries and affiliated businesses. Since 1985, the organization has worked on legislative and regulatory solutions for direct-to-consumer wine shipping.

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