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New York winery closes after liquor license suspended

October 27, 2017 11:24 AM

CUTCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island winery has shut down after the New York State Liquor Authority suspended its license, with officials accusing patrons of engaging in public sex, brawls and other rowdy behavior.

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The owners of Vineyard 48 in Cutchogue (kuht-CHAWG') announced Wednesday they have canceled their license and will close permanently. Newsday reports SLA spokesman Bill Crowley says the agency accepted the winery attorney's offer of a no contest plea to cancel the winery's license.

Crowley says the winery would have to reapply for a license if it wanted to reopen.

The SLA said the business repeatedly served extremely intoxicated customers to the point where it strained local police services and caused "havoc" for neighbors.

A local official said police had been observing the winery for a while for zoning violations.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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