According to Jim Trezise of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation:
Happily, this week brought some more good news about the business climate for our industry. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a sales tax exemption on samples of beer will also be extended to the wine, cider, and spirits sectors, saving money which can be invested into the businesses. Second, the State of Pennsylvania finally became the 44th state to allow direct-to-consumer shipment of wine, which will begin as of August 8. This is especially important for New York wineries because a huge number of out-of-state visitors to the regions are from Pennsylvania, yet their State’s bureaucratic, antiquated government monopoly system for wine sales essentially locks out New York wines. Now, finally, consumers in the Quaker State can be free.