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WA Reforms Tasting and Corkage Laws

The Washington state legislature has approved some minor reforms to its wine laws which will permit wineries to offer tasting samples at farmers\’ markets and for restaurants to waive corkage fees in certain circumstances. The changes also make a consumer friendly change on filling beer jugs. The details are in this Seattle Times editorial: Legislature deserves a toast for new beer and wine laws. Meanwhile, here in BC, the pace of change seems to be glacial. The trade practices reforms (including tied house reform) that started out promisingly about a year ago, are still not effective. And we can only dream about corkage and more sensible tasting policies.

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