Virginia Governor Signs Spirits Tastings Law

April 10, 2006 08:00 PM
RICHMOND, VA – Under a new law signed yesterday by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, adult consumers will have more opportunities to sample distilled spirits products at Virginia’s hotels, restaurants and clubs, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. The new law takes effect July 1. The new law, S.B. 685, permits manufacturers to conduct spirits tastings at hotels, restaurants and clubs licensed for on-premise beverage alcohol consumption. Previously, only retailers were allowed by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct an on-premise tasting. Under the law’s provisions, the quantity of spirits provided to any one person during the tasting cannot exceed one and one-half ounces – with no single sample exceeding one-half ounce. Patrons would be allowed to sample up to three spirits products. “Tastings events are an excellent way for adult consumers to explore the wide variety of spirits products. Consumers would like the opportunity to sample these fine spirits before they make their selection,” said David Wojnar, Vice President of the Distilled Spirits Council. Wojnar noted that Virginia is one of a growing number of states modernizing its liquor laws. He stated that Virginia also passed a law in 2004 permitting Sunday sales of distilled spirits in certain state-run stores in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Northern Virginia. The Distilled Spirits Council has supported passage of tastings laws which have been enacted in 14 states since 2001. Thirty-nine states allow some form of spirits tastings at on or off-premise retail establishments. CONTACT: Public Affairs Telephone: 202-682-8840 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:


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