Distilled Spirits Council Testifies in Support of House Bill 6038

Providence, RI – The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee yesterday heard legislation that would give consumers the opportunity to sample distilled spirits at tasting events held by liquor stores, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

“In this tough economy, Rhode Island customers should have better opportunities to sample these fine spirits products before purchasing them,” said Distilled Spirits Council Vice President David Wojnar, who testified in support of the bill.  “Consumer tastings events are a widely-accepted means to let customers ‘try before they buy.’  More and more states are modernizing their liquor laws to bring adult consumers more choices and greater convenience.”

House Bill 6038, sponsored by Rep. Timothy Williamson, would give adult consumers the opportunity to sample three separate one-quarter ounce servings of spirits at any one preplanned event.  Consumers can presently sample one ounce servings of both wine (four products) and beer (two products) at off premise establishments.  The bill is pending in committee.

“Adult consumers are fascinated by the cocktail culture, and curious about how to discern between the 5,000 distilled spirits products on the market,” said Wojnar.  “Like fine wines, adult consumers want to purchase these fine spirits for their home, but they would like to try them before making their buying decision.”

Wojnar added that 43 states allow spirits tasting in some form.