Critics disagree with bad grades from AWCC survey

An American Wine Consumer Coalition survey is under fire after it published results that assigned a D+ grade to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut based on "wine friendliness." The late-2011 online survey found that wine consumers were concerned about issues including direct-to-consumer shipping, state control of wine sales, Sunday sales, wine availability in grocery stores and freedom to "bring your own" wine or beer. Critics say the survey did not take into account the selection of wine available at restaurants and stores in those states, nor did it consider the benefits of state minimum pricing.

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