Monthly Archives: June 2015

Time to Try Russian Grape Varietals and Blends

Jason Feulner’s article “East or West Home is Best” in the June Life In the Finger Lakes introduces McGregor Vineyards and its successful experiment with grape varieties typical to Ukraine, Republic of Georgia, Armenia and Romania. I never knew that … Continue reading

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Finger Lakes “Agriconomy”

Tom Russ’ Finger Lakes Wine and the Legacy of Dr. Konstantin Frank tells a local story of the “Great American Dream.”  But this is more than a business success story, it exemplifies the best of America, bringing talent and knowledge … Continue reading

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Case Study (and YES, it’s a true story)

When it lost its lease and was forced to move to a new location, a local bar prepared and filed its own removal application with the State Liquor Authority.  The answer he provided in the application did not conform to … Continue reading

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Looking Into the Crystal Ball After a Business Divorce

When a business breaks up and owners go their own way, there are many issues to address.  You can start the process with these 5 steps: Make a list of key business assets, Determine current ownership of each asset, Determine … Continue reading

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Tasting of Spirits

When offering tastings of spirits, each patron is limited to three 0.25 oz tastings in a calendar day and each of the samples cannot have anything added to it. In other words, no cocktails or mixed drinks can be used … Continue reading

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Handwritten craft beverage labels

A new craft beverage producer produced two varieties of hard cider. It wondered if the State Liquor Authority would accept a label that had preprinted information on the label for the manufacturer, alcohol content, ingredients (apples and yeast) and volume … Continue reading

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Tied house rules

Tied house rules prevent any person from having a direct or indirect interest in both a wholesale and a retail business involving alcohol. For example, a craft beverage manufacturer cannot also own a liquor store. There are ways to work … Continue reading

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Recordkeeping requirements for liquor and wine stores

I was counselling a new liquor store owner about some of the rules that they needed to be aware of as they launch the new business. One of the issues that came up was record keeping. Some stores use modern … Continue reading

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There are less laws and rules for liquor and wine store sales, promotions and loyalty clubs than you might think

I was speaking with a liquor store owner about a past disciplinary matter. The licensee indicated that he had been issued a violation because he had used the word “free” in association with the sale of alcoholic beverages. I was … Continue reading

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State lawmakers fight back against State Liquor Authority enforcement activity

Both chambers of the New York legislature have passed a bill in response to the State Liquor Authority’s attempt to penalize a retailer for allegedly making illegal direct wine shipments to states whose laws prohibit direct-shipping. The case has been … Continue reading

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