Friday, January 02, 2009
Sandbagging the Wine Bags
I'm sure we've all seen those often shiny (and not just a little bit cheesily decorated) wine gift bags that are just about everywhere you look as far as liquor stores and retail wine shops are concerned these days. Right?
Well, it seems a liquor shop in Rochester, New York, has been fined $10,000 by the New York State Liquor Authority for selling the bags. Not to mention the fact that the State of New York sees nothing wrong with the sale of wine glasses, wine stoppers, and corkscrews in such stores, seeming only to frown upon the sale of these wine "gift" bags.
Apparently, according to New York state law, selling gift bags in a liquor store constitutes running a second business, which can be penalized with a hefty fine. The owner of this particular store estimates an overall loss of as much as $20,000 in gift bag sales over the 2008 holiday season.
And needless to say, in an awful economy such as the one we're presently in, many of us can truly sympathize.
So if anyone from the NYS Liquor Authority happens to be listening, how's about a re-examination of this law, or preferably, an overall "rewriting" of it, guys?