There will be less holiday cheer in 2013 for Latitude Beverage Co. of Boston - about 45,000 gallons less, to be exact. That's how much of the wine company's product is held up in a California wine country warehouse, awaiting a government rubber stamp that, this year, probably won't be home for Christmas.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the signing of a series of new laws that will continue the state's efforts to better market and promote New York wine by designating portions of the state highways near wineries and vineyards as Wine Trails.
Brad Rickard, an expert in horticulture economics at Cornell University, says the overall economic impact of the new legislation is likely to be minor. But it could still be good news for small-scale producers, he says.
Under the state's new farm brewery license, 14 local farm breweries have opened since January. The farm brewery license exempts local breweries from needing additional permits to serve beer and cider by the glass.