Wine lovers in some of the country's biggest markets are paying higher taxes on wine, at a time when customers are already trading down. State legislatures have raised alcohol excise taxes as part of their attempt to balance budgets during the recession. Leaders in four states approved excise tax increases on wine-Illinois, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina-that range from an 11.5 cents a gallon increase in New York to a 63 cents a gallon increase in Illinois. Massachusetts and Kentucky consumers will feel the greatest pain. Both states changed their tax codes to apply sales tax to wine bought at retail stores.
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