wine

In $2 million startup, 11,000 wines and one full circle

By GREGORY ZELLER // As the latest cog in a multistate corporate wheel likely to spin past $3 billion in revenue next year, Total Wine Spirits & More is not your typical startup, for Westbury or anywhere else. And it’s not particularly innovative – though actually it is, contorting Maryland-based Total Wine & More’s proven formula (170-something stores and counting) to squeeze through New York State’s regulatory hoops (more below). But if the megalithic retailer…


A toast, to craft beverages: Albany eases labeling laws

By GREGORY ZELLER // Good news for Long Island’s bubbling craft-beverage industries: New state laws make it easier to register brand labels for your innovative alcoholic brews. Governor Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation cutting some of the regulatory red tape slowing down vintners, mead makers and other industrious craft brewers – specifically, eliminating rules that required brand-label registration requests to be filed with the New York State Liquor Authority by certified, registered or overnight…


State promises $16M for craft beverage sector

Albany kicked in $16 million to support the state’s craft beverage industry on Wednesday, including $5 million for no-interest loans, plus stepped-up marketing and beverage-related tourism and grants for beverage entrepreneurs to attend educational events and showcases in other states. Gov. Andrew Cuomo also promised to cut government red tape that has slowed craft beer, cider and other small manufacturers in the sector. “Our investments in the farm-based beverage industry have created a synergy of economic…