Wine Shipping Law of 2005 Examined by Assembly Committees

Wine Shipping Law of 2005 Examined by Assembly Committees



Two Assembly committee representatives heard testimony from various government agencies, an advocacy group based in California, and a small businessman commending a 2005 law that allows for the interstate and intrastate shipping of wine directly to the consumers.

Dennis Rosen, the chairman of the New York State Liquor Authority, said, “Promoting New York’s wine industry has been a longstanding public policy goal of New York state lawmakers, and for good reason.”

He also said, “The New York wine and grape industry has a $3.76 billion economic impact on New York state from the production of wine and grapes … New York is now the third-largest wine producing state in the country.”

The Direct Interstate Wine Shipment provisions were established in 2005 in the Alcohol Beverage Control Law. The provisions permit the direct shipment of wine from out-of-state winemakers to consumers, as long as the manufacturers have a license from the State Liquor Authority. They also must ensure that specific practices will be employed during the shipment. Winemakers in New York must also conduct their shipments under similar circumstances.

Sally Jefferson, a Wine Institute representative, declared her support for the New York law.

She said, “Direct shipping has proven critical for New York as well as smaller, out-of-state wineries, in reaching a customer base not previously available to them … It provides New York adult consumers with greater product choices as well as the convenience of home delivery.”

Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, a Democrat from Kenmore and the chairman of the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry, said that it is of “paramount importance” that individuals below the legal drinking age do not have easy access to alcohol.