The last state to open its supermarkets to wine sales was Iowa, Gross said. That move in 1983 — along with a sales tax increase on wine — came as grocers were looking to add to their offerings and the tax-strapped state sought extra revenue amid a farming crisis, said Jerry Fleagle, president of the Iowa Grocery Industry Association.
Fourteen states don't allow any wine sales in food stores, the Wine Institute reports. Rhode Island allows wine sales in grocery stores only in towns with 10,000 or fewer residents and in Newport, the institute says.
Daneman reports for the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle.