ON THE AFTERNOON of Saturday, December 9th, Tom Goldsmith
was attending the Pennsylvania Society
, the clubby annual gathering in New York City of Commonwealth pols and their hangers-on, when he
heard a rumor from two state legislators.Goldsmith, who sits on the three-member state Liquor Control Board, quickly thumbed a BlackBerry message to the board's chairman, Jonathan Newman, who was also attending the weekend.
"This is a $1.7 billion business," Goldsmith
"We're leaving money on the table," Goldsmith
says of the stores.
...In February, P.J. Stapleton and Tom Goldsmith joined the LCB's wine-buying team on a trip to Napa and Sonoma and made the largest Chairman's Selection purchase ever - 68,000 cases, not just of the program's usual California wines, but of wines from France and Spain as well.