It appears that small wineries can now better compete with the big producers for the hearts and palates of consumers under a new law signed into law this week by Governor Inslee.
The bill was sponsored by 12th District Representative Cary Condotta. It allows small wineries to increased the number of locations where they may serve samples.
“What it does is it allows the small wineries to have more outlets and more tasting rooms because you have these wine clusters like in Woodinville, Bellingham and Walla Walla,” Condotta said. “Some of these wineries want to get exposed into those clusters and previously you could only have two tasting rooms. So if you had one in your winery you could only have one so now you can have three outside of your winery, we think that is a great move for the small guys and gives them an opportunity to get their product out there.”
The governor also signed House Bill 1944, another Condotta-sponsored measure which will exempt certain law enforcement officers from the field firearms skills portion of any hunter education course completed online. Both bills take effect July 22, 2017.
The Legislature is on day 23 of a 30-day special session called by the governor on April 24. To watch the full interview with Cary Condotta, click here.