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News Briefs for April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016

•Archway Publishing has released a new book by former CIA official and fourth-generation wine merchant Peter M. F. Sichel. “The Secrets of My Life: Vintner, Prisoner, Soldier, Spy” is Sichel’s memoir of a remarkable life, growing up as a Jew in Germany in the 1930s, his time as a CIA insider during the height of the Cold War in the late 1940s and 1950s and eventually his triumphant role in the wine business as the builder of the Blue Nun brand in the United States. In 1989, Sichel was the recipient of Wine Spectator’s Distinguished Service Award, recognizing his outstanding contribution to the industry.

•New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s working group on beverage alcohol has announced its final recommendations. The group, comprised of industry attorneys, producers, retailers, wholesalers and other stakeholders, envisions reorganizing the beverage alcohol control statute to focus on the types of licenses rather than the current patchwork based on beverage type, as well as a culling of on-premise license types to three—one for beer; one for wine and beer; and one for beer, wine and spirits—from the current nine. The group also suggests allowing on-premise alcohol sales before noon on Sundays, which is currently prohibited—boosting the brunch occasion—and permitting craft producers to make different beverage types under one license. Cuomo said the next step is to formalize the recommendations under a legislative proposal.

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