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Vintner’s Cellar Winery closes Concord location

After more than four years of business, Vintner’s Cellar Winery is closing its store on the Heights.

“We’ve done well, but we just haven’t done quite well enough,” co-owner Larry Crossley said last week, as he stood among sale items and wine racks in his Loudon Road store. Crossley opened the wine cellar in the Lamplighter Plaza in 2008.

He made his own wine, offered tastings and wine-making sessions, and hosted fundraisers and special events.

“We just weren’t able to really turn the corner,” he said.

Crossley said he and his fiancee both faced medical problems during their four years of business, making it difficult to run the store.

“We would’ve loved to be able to keep going,” he said.

While Crossley searches for other work, he’ll continue to make his own wine.

“The hobby will continue in the home,” he said.

Many of Crossley’s wine racks, furniture and wine-making accessories sold in the first week of the store’s liquidation sale, Crossley said.

But, he said, there are many bottles of wine to sell before he leaves the store at the end of February.

LAURA McCRYSTAL

Ayotte vows to fight any internet sales tax

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte isn’t a fan of sales tax being charged on online purchases from New Hampshire stores.

The Republican said last week she’s working with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat, on a Senate resolution opposing any new legislation that would require collection of state taxes by out-of-state internet businesses.

Ayotte was a co-sponsor of such a resolution introduced by Wyden in 2011, a measure that never made it out of the Senate Finance Committee.

“Online businesses should be a source of jobs, not a source of new tax revenue. New Hampshire prides itself on having no sales tax, and our Internet retailers shouldn’t be forced to become tax collectors for other states,” Ayotte said in a news release. “We need to be vigilant to preserve our tax-free status, and I will continue to fight any federal effort that would require New Hampshire Internet businesses to collect sales taxes.”

The release from Ayotte’s office quoted Joe Cortese, an online coin and stamp dealer in Pittsfield, as saying that “if small online retailers are required to collect sales taxes for jurisdictions across the country, these businesses will shrink rather than grow. The compliance costs in terms of time and money would simply be too much to bear.”

BEN LEUBSDORF

CONCORD

UNH law school adds sports, media focus

The University of New Hampshire’s School of Law will open a Sports and Entertainment Law Institute next fall, giving students the opportunity to focus their studies for a law career in either field.

The institute will be run by Michael McCann, an expert in sports law who started a similar center at the Vermont Law School and has analyzed and represented clients in some of the biggest sports law cases in the last decade, according to a release.

McCann has taught at the Mississippi College of Law and Yale Law School. He co-founded the Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard Law School.

The new institute will be housed in the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.

“To launch a sports and entertainment law institute as part of this program is a fantastic opportunity,” McCann said in the release. “I can’t wait to work with students in developing hands-on skills in sports and entertainment law, and helping them enter those fields.”

In addition to teaching, McCann serves as a legal analyst and writer for Sports Illustrated and NBA TV. He also served as counsel to Maurice Clarett in a 2004 lawsuit against the NBA for age eligibility rules.

The goal of the institute is to provide students with real-world skills in sports and entertainment law, and students will take a variety of courses across subjects that fit well with either of those fields, according to the statement.

KATHLEEN RONAYNE

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