First was the failure of Governor David Paterson’s attempt to allow wine sales in supermarkets. The push died in the protracted budget process — the same one that has as yet failed to produce a state budget for 2010-2011 even though it was required by April 1.
Now, Paterson has vetoed a bill passed by the state Legislature that would have allowed New York wineries to sell wine at food festivals without paying a state fee.
The bill would also have eliminated a $26 fee that wineries now have to pay for a temporary permit.
Paterson vetoed the bill Wednesday, saying it failed to strictly define “food festival,” and because the state needed the fee, the same one brewers pay for the same privilege.
“While I must regretfully disapprove this bill for these reasons, I fully support efforts by the Legislature to expand markets for wineries and farm wineries,” Paterson said in his veto message.
“The benefit of something like that would just be to simplify the marketing of wines,” said Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation. “Why do you need a special permit?”
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