It appears that August 12th is the date, according to the official New
York State Department of Agriculture and Markets - it states August
12th as the day the law goes into effect:
"Governor George E. Pataki today announced that he has signed
legislation into law that provides a significant boost to New York's
wine industry by permitting the direct interstate shipment of wine in
New York State. The new law opens up New York's world-class wineries
to the national market while giving New Yorkers more choices as
consumers, and it imposes the necessary safeguards to prevent underage
drinking. . . . The new law will take effect August 12, 2005."
Other confirmations of that date from news sources:
Thursday, July 14, 2005
LODI, N.Y. -- Gov. George Pataki has authorized the direct shipment of
wines into and out of New York, signaling a new era for state wineries
hampered by alcoholic beverage laws dating back to the repeal of
Prohibition in 1933. . . . The new law, which takes effect in 30 days,
also allows New York connoisseurs to order wine by mail from wineries
throughout the country. . . . Under the ruling, New York either had to
let all wineries sell directly to consumers or block all shipments.
While state wineries pushed hard to remove shipping restrictions,
Pataki insisted on one compromise: limiting customers to orders of 36
cases a year from any winery."
"PORTLAND, Ore., July 14, 2005 - Oregon wineries now have an
opportunity to ship their wine direct to New York wine lovers, thanks
to a bill signed yesterday by Governor George Pataki allowing out-of
state shipment of wine. . . . The law will go into effect in 30 days.
Under the current law, only out-of-state wineries that have reciprocal
agreements may ship to New York consumers."
"LODI ? To produce great wine, the vines must suffer a little. And
while the vineyard at Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars was baking in the
sweltering summer sun Wednesday, a crowd of wine and Finger Lakes
enthusiasts withstood the heat for a long-awaited moment ? the signing
of a bill that will allow direct interstate shipment of wine beginning
The new legislation will:
# Continue to allow in-state shipping, but limit shipments to 36 cases
annually per customer;
# Enable reciprocal wine shipping privileges between New York and
other states, with the same annual limit of 36 cases per customer;
# Require appropriate licensing from the New York State Liquor
Authority for out-of-state shippers;
# Allow wineries to sell their wines only to customers 21 or older and
require the signature of a person over the age of 21 at the delivery
# Subject all wine shipped from New York to appropriate state and
local sales and excise taxes."
"Six weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that New York's
wine-shipping laws were unconstitutional, the state legislature has
voted to allow residents to order wine directly from producers in
other states. New York wineries, which were already allowed to ship to
in-state consumers, can now also sell to residents in other states
that allow direct shipments. **Each winery will be permitted to sell
up to 36 cases per year to any individual adult consumer.** Wineries
and wine enthusiasts were kept waiting until the last possible minute,
as the Senate version of the bill, SB 1490, sponsored by Sen. George
Winner(R), was passed on June 24, only hours before the legislature
was set to adjourn for the summer. The assembly version, AB 7379,
introduced by Rep. Hermann Farrell (D), was passed two days before,
but did not limit the number of cases that could be shipped."
FYI, here's the complete text of the Supreme Court decision
References like the ones below may be why you felt there could be a
possible delay in the passing of the legislation:
"New York's Governor defends his position on why he wanted a limit on
how many cases of wine you can buy from state wineries. There was no
limit for how much wine you could buy under the original proposal.
Governor George Pataki wouldn't sign it until they was. The law says
you can only buy 36 cases of wine, like this, per year from each
winery. Dozens of people watched the governor sign the bill in Lodi
Wednesday. This law comes after the Supreme Court ruled earlier this
year that a ban on out of state shipments was unconstitutional."
"Pataki indicated that he would veto the bill if it didn't contain a
case limit. "Originally the governor wanted two cases a month,"
Carrier said, "but our concern was what do you do at the holidays?
What if someone's having a wedding--are they going to have to start
purchasing the wine they're going to need from that vineyard months in
"Pataki's office issued a statement clarifying that he didn't want
someone to be able to order unlimited quantities of wine and then
resell it. "The governor wanted to ensure that the legislation he
signed contained the appropriate safeguards to prevent underage
drinking by minors," said press officer Saleem Cheeks.
"Negotiations led to lawmakers settling on limiting wineries to 36
cases per person per year. Carrier said that consumers have the choice
of how they want to spread out those cases over the course of the
year: three per month, all 36 at once, or anything in between."
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