Yesterday was the first day tastings were allowed at Virginia ABC stores under a new law that authorizes vendors to hand out samples of their products. The bill was passed by the General Assembly during the 2010 legislative session and Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the legislation into law.
According to ABC spokesman Philip Bogenberger:
“Customers can only sample the product(s) being offered for tastings at each event and the vendors choose the product(s) they wish to showcase. Up to three products can be offered by vendors and the tastings can last no longer than two hours.
The rules are similar to tastings that are currently permitted at restaurants such as a maximum limit of three ½ oz. samples per person of legal age for spirits or a total of 5 oz. of wine.”
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will be posting scheduled tastings on its website here. It doesn’t look as if any local ABC stores have scheduled a tasting yet, but it will be interesting to see how they go when they do.
Anybody got a strong opinion on this, either way?