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State: Will not pursue winery sales in grocery stores

TRI-COUNTY AREA—For now the battle over wine in grocery stores is on hold, as the state legislature took it out of the proposed budget.
Ray Spencer, one of the owners of Lake Street Wine and Liquors, said he was relieved.
“I hope this may be the final time it’s discussed for a while,” said Spencer.  He added he was not sure if the subject would be brought up again for next year’s budget.  Spencer said if it is the same argument for wine in grocery stores, the legislature already said no to it by taking it out of the budget.
Todd Mertens, one of the owners of Wright’s Beverage’s in Watkins Glen, said he was conservatively excited, but was waiting for the budget to be passed first.
“Assuming (the budget) passes without that legislation I’m ecstatic,” he said.
Mertens said because he now knows wine in grocery stores has been dropped from the proposed budget, he will continue again with improvements to the store.  He explained if the legislation had stayed in the budget he would not be doing the work because he was not sure if he could afford it.
Susan Hayes, vice president of Miles Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake, said they would not stop promoting wine in grocery stores.  She said the winery would not wait to see if wine in grocery stores is just dropped into the state budget next year.
“We gained traction,” said Hayes.  “I think we just needed a few more weeks.”
 





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