New York Readies Wine Bill
As expected, New York is the first state to step up and begin the process of freeing its local wineries from restrictions on shipping out of state that have slowed their economic growth.
Today, Gov. Pataki introduced a bill that would essentially put New York into the "Reciprocity State" column. Out of state wineries could obtain a license to ship wine to New York residents, but ONLY if their state allows New York wineries the same shipping privileges. The new law would also demand that common carriers such as FED EX and UPS obtain a picture ID at the door.
It all strikes me as perfectly reasonable.