2013-02-14 / News

Bill would allow wine at farmers markets

Two state representatives are looking to supplement the appeal of the state’s farmers markets with wine and beer as a creative strategy to give incentive for wineries and breweries to thrive and do business in Rhode Island.

Reps. Jared R. Nunes (D–Coventry, West Warwick) and Teresa Tanzi (D–South Kingstown, Narragansett) both agree that the combination of brewers, vineyards and farmers markets makes a lot of sense.

The House bill would allow wineries and breweries, under certain conditions, to be licensed to sell wine or beer for consumption off premises at farmers markets. The two representatives introduced similar legislation last year, pointing out that Massachusetts has a similar law in effect.

Under provisions of the bill, wineries and breweries would also be allowed to distribute wine samples at farmers markets, giving no more than 5 ounces to each customer. The legislation also allows for certain protections for licensed breweries that suffer from crop failure on a given year.

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