Tennessee OKs spirits sampling

NASHVILLE, TN -- Tennessee has joined 42 other states in allowing the sampling of distilled spirits at restaurants, bars and liquor stores.

Governor Bill Haslam signed into law an amendment to state law that allows retail licensees to offer complimentary samples of the products it sells for tasting events held on their premises. It stipulates that such sampling is for sales, education and promotional purposes.

Tennessee is the eighth state to pass such legislation allowing liquor tastings since 2009.

According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. (DISCUS), in 2010, four states passed liquor sampling bills: Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia and California.

Earlier this year, the state of Washington established a pilot project for 30 state liquor stores to hold at least six tastings events throughout the year. Vermont and Maine passed spirits tasting legislation in 2009.

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