|BILL AS PASSED BY SENATE||2007-2008|
AN ACT RELATING TO BEER AND WINE TASTINGS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 7 V.S.A. § 67 is amended to read:
§ 67. WINE AND MALT BEVERAGE TASTINGS; PERMIT; PENALTIES
(a) Provided an applicant submits to the department of liquor control a written application in a form required by the department accompanied by the permit fee as required by subdivision 231(15) of this title at least 15 days prior to the date of the wine or malt beverage tasting event and the applicant is determined to be in good standing, the department of liquor control may grant a permit to conduct a wine or malt beverage tasting event to:
second class licensee. The permit authorizes the employees of the permit
holder to dispense vinous or malt beverages to retail customers of legal
age on the licensee's premises. Vinous or malt beverages for the
tasting shall be from the inventory of the licensee or purchased from a
wholesale dealer. Pursuant to this permit, a second class licensee may conduct
no more than
one wine tasting per month 30 tastings a year.
licensed manufacturer or rectifier of vinous or malt beverages. The
permit authorizes the permit holder to dispense
produced by the manufacturer or rectifier to retail customers of legal age for
consumption on the premises of a second class licensee or at a farmers' market.
Pursuant to this permit, a manufacturer or rectifier may conduct no more than
one tasting a day on the premises of a second class licensee. No more than
four wine tasting permits per month for a tasting event held on the
premises of second class licensees shall be permitted.
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wine or beer tasting event held pursuant to this section, not to include
wine tasting events conducted on the premises of a manufacturer or
rectifier or on the premises of a fourth class licensee pursuant to subdivision
(a)(3) of this section or promotional tastings pursuant to subsection (d) of
May continue for no more than six hours in duration, with no more than six
beverages to be offered at a single event, and no more than two ounces of any
single vinous beverage and no more than a total of eight ounces of
various vinous or malt beverages to be dispensed to a customer. No more
than four eight customers may be served at one time.
Shall be conducted totally within an area that is clearly cordoned off by
barriers that extend no further than 10 feet from the point of service, and a
sign that clearly states that no one under the age of 21 may participate in the
wine tasting shall be placed in a visible location at the entrance to
the wine tasting area.
(c) The holder of a permit issued under this section shall keep an accurate accounting of the vinous or malt beverages consumed at a tasting event and shall be responsible for complying with all applicable laws under this title.
(d) Promotional wine or beer tasting.
(1) At the request of a holder of a first class or second class license, a holder of a manufacturer's, rectifier's, or wholesale dealer's license may distribute without charge to the first or second class licensee's management and staff, provided they are of legal drinking age, two ounces per person of vinous or malt beverages for the purpose of promoting the beverage. No permit is required under this subdivision, but written notice of the event shall be provided to the department of liquor control at least five days prior to the date of the tasting.
(2) A holder of a wholesale dealer's license may dispense vinous or malt beverages for promotional purposes at the wholesale dealer's premises without charge to invited employees of first, second, and third class licensees, provided the invited employees are of legal drinking age, and the wholesale dealer obtains a permit pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.
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(f) The holder of a permit issued under this section that provides alcoholic beverages to an underage individual or permits an individual under the age of 18 to serve alcoholic beverages at a wine or malt beverage tasting event under this section shall be fined not less than $500.00 nor more than $2,000.00 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall take effect on passage.
The Vermont General Assembly
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