Not sure what the best place is for this so feel free to move.
Came out of nowhere to me and is very annoying as they join The Party Source in caving to the absurdity of restrictions on spirits that is the bureaucratic idiocy of alcohol laws in this country.
Only slightly less annoying is the fact that unlike The Party Source that owned up to it and makes it clear that they can no longer ship, Astor Wines has so far said nothing about it on their home page.
Not sure what the impact is on other big New York shippers like Drink Up NY yet but I can't imagine it will be good. From what I have been told from a reliable source one of the major shippers (Fedex and/or UPS, who have profited from this for years as well) have ratted out the industry to the State Liquor Authority to cover their own ass. Apparently the SLA, which for years was perfectly aware that stores were shipping, has now decided to "investigate". Smaller stores not on the radar they way Astor and DUNY may be, may still be willing to ship but it will likely be a case by case proposition.