Let the Shots -- er, Tastings -- Begin

You're allowed to sample up to three servings

By Asha Beh
|  Monday, Mar 15, 2010  |  Updated 1:10 PM EDT
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Let the Shots -- er, Tastings -- Begin

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Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) has made it official: Virginians can now sample all the liquid goods in Virginia's ABC stores.

McDonnell signed off on the bill (HB 952), which cut down a decades-old ban on liquor tasting events at the stores, on Thursday. It will take effect July 1.

For those of age, the shots -- er, tastings -- are limited to three separate one-half-ounce servings of spirits in any one calendar day, during pre-planned tasting events only, which must first be approved by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. (Just in case you were actually planning on trying to get away with something there.)

But it's not all about drinking.

“Most consumers wouldn’t purchase a nice $40-$50 bottle of scotch if they’ve never tasted it. Repealing the ban on spirits tastings is a great, modern convenience for Virginians that ultimately helps Virginia’s bottom line," said David Wojnar, vice president of the Distilled Spirits Council, in a statement.

In other words, let the revenue flow.

Forty-three states currently allow some form of spirits tasting, according to DISCUS.

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