Editorial: A toast to farm-stand sales of wine
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Long Island farm stands have been a local calling card for decades, showing off regional delights and providing both income and charm. Adding the sale of local wines with the products these stands offer is a five-star idea, and we're glad its time has come. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a law last week allowing farm stands across the state to sell wine produced by up to two state-licensed farms or wineries within 20 miles of the stand. The change is a boon for wine producers, farm stand operators and shoppers who want to try a North Fork pinot noir with their fresh fruit, artisanal cheese or vegetables, but aren't looking for the winery/tasting experience. It's also another chink in the wall of rules on alcohol sales -- a barrier supported by liquor stores and distributors -- that is too restrictive in New York.