NY authorizes direct wine shipments in aftermath of Supreme Court ruling

[JURIST] New York Gov. George Pataki [official website] Wednesday signed a bill [press release] allowing the direct shipment of wines into and out of New York, ending limitations that have hampered wine sales since the repeal of Prohibition more than 70 years ago and allowing New York wine enthusiasts to receive wine by mail from wineries all over the US. A May 2005 US Supreme Court ruling [JURIST report; PDF opinion] struck down as discriminatory laws in New York and Michigan that allowed in-state wineries to ship directly to consumers but barred out-of-state wineries from participating in the same practice. Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation [foundation website], praised the move by Pataki and said it would "transform the industry from a local curiosity into a national player." The new law takes effect in one month. AP has more.



 

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