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Law would allow restaurants to sample wine, spirits

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  • Larry Chandler CEDAR CITY, UT
    March 1, 2012 10:00 a.m.

    It clearly makes sense to allow a restaurant to sample a wine before deciding to add it to their wine list. Having a wine list appropriate to the cuisine that a restaurant offers does not increase the public's consumption of alcohol. People who want a bottle of wine with dinner will go to the restaurant that offers something they like. Or they can dine at home or with friends where they will enjoy the wine.

    It will, however, allow a restaurant to sell a better wine to people who will buy wine anyway. And these people might come back to that restaurant to enjoy another meal with a good wine.

    People who drink will always do so. And this will allow hiring of more restaurant workers, which in turn benefits the local economies.

  • dave Park City, UT
    March 1, 2012 8:36 a.m.

    These sampling laws are beyond absurd. There is no legitimate reason why a rep can't bring samples to a restaurant.

    It appears to be a issue of control for the sake of control. There is no other reason that holds up under scrutiny. These people are on an evil power trip.