Bill allows wine sales at farmer’s markets

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The Vermont House has given an initial OK to a bill that would allow wine to be sold at farmers’ markets around the state.

Current law allows wine makers to set up at the markets and offer prospective customers sips of their products. But customers must then go to a licensed retail outlet to buy a bottle.

The new law would allow Vermont wine makers to get what amounts to a seasonal license to sell wine at farmers’ markets.

Vermont’s vintners say that will be good for business, because it will give them a new venue from which to promote and sell their products.

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