OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill is about two-thirds the way through the Washington Legislature to tackle wine sales at special events, plus selling private collections.
The bill by Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, passed the Senate 39-8, and went through a hearing Monday in front of the House Commerce & Gaming Committee. “It does a lot for our wine industry,” King said.
“This will help more people to buy wine at charity events,” said Josh McDonald, executive director of the Washington Wine Institute
McDonald and James Paribello of the state Liquor & Cannabis Board testified in favor the bill. No one testified against it.
King’s bill would allow a nonprofit organization that obtains a special-occasion liquor license to sell wine in original, unopened containers for consumption on the licensed premises.
And the bill would allow a licensed domestic winery to sell wines of its own production at retail, and for off-premises consumption, at licensed special occasion events hosted by nonprofit organizations. The winery would have to obtain a license endorsement from the Liquor & Cannabis Board.
These wine sales would have to meet the following conditions:
Wine sales conducted pursuant to this endorsement are subject to the following conditions: (a) Delivery to the buyer must be on a date subsequent to the special event and at a place other than the location of the special event. All wines must comply with regulations regarding direct sales of wine to consumers. The wine sold at a special event is not resold.
Finally, King’s bill would authorize the state’s Liquor & Cannabis Board to issue a special permit for the sale of a private collection of wine or spirits to an individual or business.
The seller would have to get a permit at least five business days before the sale, for a fee of $25 dollars per sale. The seller must report the sales information and pay any taxes due to the Liquor & Cannabis Board within 20 days of the sale.