Opposition is building against a planned proposal by Governor Paterson to allow the sale of wine in grocery stores, delis, or any place that carries beer. The move could generate up to $150 million in much-needed revenue over the next three years from the sale of wine licenses to retailers, claims the state. But liquor-store owners are afraid of losing their corner on the wine market, and a coalition of retailers has even been accused of harassing local wineries to petition against the bill, reports Newsday. Wineries have reason to worry, since bodega sales could favor mass-produced, or at least better-marketed, brands. Our suggestion: Let small, savvy wine shops curate a shelf at a big supermarket for a small cut. Shoppers get access to better wine, and the liquor store gets noticed by discerning customers.
Sources: Liquor stores pressure winery owners over plan [Newsday]
Critics target wine-sales plan [Star Gazette]