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New York Wines

Thanks to elected officials in Albany, East Enders have a new gift option for friends and family in other states: local wine. After the Supreme Court struck down a Prohibition-era law that restricted wine shipping into and out of New York State, Long Island wineries can now ship to customers in many other states. (The new law also allows New Yorkers—if they are so inclined—to buy up to three cases of wine each month from wineries in California, Oregon, Washington, and 21 other states.)

For small East End wineries without national distribution, the new law greatly expands their potential reach. “I’ve talked to lots of wine writers who say they can’t write about Long Island wine even if they think it’s the best thing they’ve ever tasted, because their readers can’t get it,” said Allison Dubin, general manager at Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton, who traveled to Albany to lobby for the law change. Like other wineries, Channing Daughters noted a spike in emails and phone calls from out-of-state customers, as well as additional press attention since the ruling. (A bottle from Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack showed up on the cover of the latest issue of the trade journal Wine News.) Mrs. Dubin noted that the vineyard also has a file of roughly 100 non-New Yorkers who want to join its popular wine club. “We’ve been collecting these names for years,” she said. “And we’re finally calling them back.”