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New York Personal Page – September 2013

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Gov. Cuomo Gets the Picture

I just returned from a one-day tour of the beautiful Finger Lakes wine region organized by the Governor for the press and industry professionals. In anticipation of the trip I had with me the spread we are running in September of retail stores displaying and promoting New York State wines.

So, when I got a little time with the governor, beyond talking about your ability and commitment to support the state’s wines, I was able to offer him some very graphic evidence… and it clearly gave him pause. He reached out, took the spread, folded it into his pocket with a smile, and said, “Thank you, that’s great.”

To those retailers who took a the time to photograph and forward us pictures, thank you.

And, to those retailers, restaurateurs and wholesalers who took a “lot more time” to join the Governor’s one-day round trip tour, I want to add a very special thank you.

Will it be the pictures or your presence on the tour that helps to make a difference the next time we are challenged in the legislature? We don’t know, but it all adds up. Keep up the good work.

William G. Slone, Chairman

Clarity & Common Sense

Clarity: Language can be a tricky thing. In “Know the Law” this month, Keven Danow covers the State Liquor Authority’s recent advisory regarding limited-availability products. The SLA deserves credit here for clarifying what was, and to a degree always will be, a complicated issue that suppliers, distributors and licensees deal with monthly.

Common Sense: Interestingly, the SLA also amended a provision of state law so that now the sale of “adulterated beverages” requires that the adulteration be “intentional.” Apparently, this change was inspired, literally, by insects. If, unfortunately, a fruit fly were to find its way into a drink previously, licensees were cited for “adulteration.” Please!

While this decision may prompt a smile, note that the Chairman’s common sense is being applied broadly. Consider his remarks regarding community notice of “substantial corporate change.” The SLA has been receiving applications listed at one percentage point below the legal 80% threshold, thus abiding by the law, yet at the same time suggesting intent to circumvent. Those applications will be flagged for increased scrutiny, according to the Chairman. Just a heads up in dealing with the Common Sense State.

Jason A. Glasser, Chief Executive Officer

Fall Fest

The summer has officially ended and that means we are all preparing for the busiest season of the year. It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays in terms of merchandising, store-decorations and promotions. Our events calendar is loaded with upcoming portfolio tastings, association dinners and charitable industry events like the Wine & Spirits Gala on October 7th for the American Cancer Society. As in years past, I hope to see many of our readers at the Trade Tasting at the New York City Wine & Food Festival on October 18th. Next month, we’ll have a great preview of that entire weekend’s activities, which raise money for some great local causes.

Our September issue features 10 up-and-coming bartenders from around the country in our annual “10 Mixologists to Watch” starting on page 20. It was great to have Simon Ford announce this year’s group at The Spirited Awards at the 11th Tales of the Cocktail. For a recap, check out page 70. Also look out for “Meet the Hybrids,” addressing the growing spirits mash-up trend (page 38), proving once again that there’s always a new avenue for creativity in wine and spirits.

Jody Slone-Spitalnik, Chief Operating Officer


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