New York: August 2018 Update on Retailer Shipping

Update: August 15, 2018

Dear Wine Lovers of New York,

The 2018 legislative session technically goes through January 2019, but it has adjourned and may only consider issues during the lame duck session this fall.

All wine shipping-related bills died in committed this year and it is unlikely they will be resurrected this fall. Assembly Bill 5591 would have allowed for out‑of‑state retailers to be included in the existing winery direct shipping program, including the provision requiring “reciprocity” which remains on the books in New York. Senate Bill 5530, its companion, is also dead.

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Many states allow direct-to-consumer shipments from wineries, but not retailers. In most states, powerful local retailer interests have maintained this archaic ban. But we believe consumers want real choice, from wineries as well as retailers, auction houses and subscription clubs that hold retailer licenses. While AB 5991/SB 5330 would have only allowed shipments from retailers located in one of the handful of states that also allow retailer-to-consumer shipping (14, at the time of this writing), it was a step in the right direction. For example, it would allow shipments from retailers in California, Oregon and Virginia that also allow out-of-state retailer shipping, but not from Florida or New Jersey where it is prohibited.

Please write today. Together with you, we hope to improve consumer choice for New York’s wine lovers.

Free the Grapes!