Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- Despite a push for change, it’s still illegal to sell wine in supermarkets in New York State.
Bottles, which are labeled as New York State wine and are popping up in some supermarkets and drug stores in Central New York for about $4 a bottle. So, how is this illegal you ask?
We did some digging and found that bottles of Marlborough Hills aren’t what the Liquor Authority considers wine. Instead, they’re classified as a wine product, which allows them to be sold in supermarkets.
The liquor Authority defines a wine product as a beverage containing wine with added juice among other ingredients – not to exceed six percent alcohol by volume. These are typically known as wine coolers and there are many other beverages in this same category that are sold in grocery stores.Got a question for the Your Stories team? We’ll try to answer it. Call us at 446-9900 or email YourStories@9WSYR.com.