Cutting Red Tape In The New York Wine Industry
A legislative Column by Assemblyman Christopher S. Friend(R– Big Flats)
June 17, 2011
Throughout New York State, we have seen how independent vineyards can deploy traditional techniques to generate a regionally unique agricultural product. Now, we must cut the red tape to allow such a beneficial product to be sold and marketed more widely while empowering new grape growers. Recently, I voted in favor of Assembly bill 7828-A, which curbs the crippling policies that hamper the wine industry rather than facilitate its growth. This legislation would:
- Allow the owner of a winery license to sell wine in bulk to wholesalers, retailers and other major distributors.
- Reduce the number of specialized licenses for wineries and farm wineries, providing a more efficient registration process.
- Allow wineries and farm wineries to charge event operators for the use of their premises.