BOTTLE BATTLE

States with restrictive wine licensing laws are putting a cork in retailers' ambitious merchandising plans. Although self-serve tastings of 80 different wines are available on tap in Whole Foods' Fairfax, Va., store's wine tasting room, there's not a bottle to be found in any of the retailer's New York City units, because they're subject to restrictive off-premise licensing laws. The hardest thing

States with restrictive wine licensing laws are putting a cork in retailers' ambitious merchandising plans.

Although self-serve tastings of 80 different wines are available on tap in Whole Foods' Fairfax, Va., store's wine tasting room, there's not a bottle to be found in any of the retailer's New York City units, because they're subject to restrictive off-premise licensing laws.

“The hardest thing we've found in New York City is we really want to have a store that sells wine,

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