New York’s best restaurant wine lists may be soon killed off, and the proposed culprit is the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) which has announced an intention to alter one of the key provisions of state beverage law.
The change would be a big blow to how wine lists are written in the state, and would mean the end of the dominance that New York currently enjoys for wine in this country.
At issue is the sale of wine from "private collections" to restaurants. This has long been allowed by the law and has been the backbone of some of New York City’s most famous wine lists, notably Veritas in the past. More recently, if you look at the lists of wine destinations like Rebelle, Maialino, Charlie Bird, and Racines, you see lists that couldn’t have been constructed without sourcing from private collections.
Those restaurant names stand out in particular because they are some of the top restaurant wine destinations in the country, let alone the state, and the changes the SLA has proposed would mean an end to that.