Monthly Archives: November 2015

Seemingly contradictory interpretations of the farm winery law by the Authority

Even though cider is apple wine, New York State Liquor Authority Licensing Unit 1 advises that custom production of wine for customers does not include cider (apple wine). However, Licensing Unit 1 also states that all of the privileges and … Continue reading

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Survey on social media use by wine drinkers should be leveraged by wine retailers

How do wine drinkers use social media? 44% used it to discuss wine 47% looked up wine prices 54% tried to get wine information 51% asked friends for wine recommendations What social media platforms do wine drinker use most? Facebook … Continue reading

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What wines should be on your menu?

US wine drinkers in a recent survey by the Wine Institute indicated that they prefer fruity, semi-sweet red wines. The most popular varietals were Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. An equal number preferred white wines, with the most popular … Continue reading

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Roadside farm stands can only source hard cider from farm wineries

Roadside farm market licensees may sell wine produced by up to two duly licensed farm wineries or special wineries or micro-wineries [ABCL §76-f].  The statute is limited to wine, not cider, and does not include a farm cidery. Thus COLA … Continue reading

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When do I need to file a change of method of operation application?

Any changes from how an application was originally approved should be reported to the SLA. Licensing has advised us that “If the application is still in a pending status without a determination being made already then all necessary documents should … Continue reading

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Can wine and liquor stores give away free alcohol in holiday promotions?

The Authority has confirmed that a holiday promotion such as “Buy 2 bottles, get a 3rd free” is compliant with ABC laws. Similarly a BOGO offer on Black Friday will not violate any laws. Restrictions against free alcohol give aways … Continue reading

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5 advantages of applying for a farm winery instead of a farm cidery license

There may several advantages to having a farm winery license instead of a farm cidery license: Since a farm winery and a farm cidery can both produce cider, a farm winery license is a good option to consider. Here are … Continue reading

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5 Things you may not know about NY branch offices of farm breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries

New York ABC law allows farm alcoholic beverage producers to have branch offices. The branch office does require an application and approval by the State Liquor Authority, but it is a much simpler application process. A licensee can do everything … Continue reading

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