WASHINGTON, D.C. – Governor Janet Napolitano on Wednesday signed into law a new opportunity for Arizona adult consumers to sample distilled spirits products at tasting events held at grocery and liquor stores. “Adult consumers will now have the opportunity to sample the finest spirits products in a responsible retail setting, just like wines,” said Berman Obaldia, Vice President of the Distilled Spirits Council. “Arizona joins a growing list of states that are modernizing their liquor laws to bring adult consumers more choices and greater convenience.” Under the new law, the total amount of spirits that can be sampled by an adult consumer is limited to one half ounce; the location within a store where a tasting can be held is restricted to the beverage alcohol section; and the amount of time the tasting can be conducted is limited to three hours. “Adult consumers are fascinated by the cocktail culture and curious about how to discern between the more than 4,000 distilled spirits products on the market,” said Obaldia. “Adult consumers want to learn more about these fine spirits products and will now be able to try them before making their buying decision.” With the signing of this bill, Arizona becomes the 40th state in the nation to allow tastings of distilled spirits in licensed retail establishments and the eighth in the last three years to pass or expand consumer tastings laws. The bill will go into effect 90 days after sine die. The Distilled Spirits Council plans to celebrate the first tasting of spirits in Arizona once the law goes into effect.