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Washington state proposal seeks expansion of wine refill law

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January 11, 2017View for printing

Two years ago, the Washington state Legislature began allowing wine lovers to fill reusable containers -- known as growlers -- at their favorite wineries.

Now, a new measure would allow refills at grocery stores, wine boutiques and other places licensed to sell wine in the state.

House Bill 1039, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Sharon Wylie, would let businesses already licensed to sell beer or cider in a growler to also offer wine in the containers. The measure is set for its first public hearing on Thursday.

By ALEXIS MYERS Associated Press

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Reader Comments:

It's so frustrating that while Washington allows refills and almost every state allows "corkage" which is the ability for patrons to bring their own bottles of wine to a restaurant, Montana has got a convoluted ruling from the Dept of Revenue that corkage is not allowed. This is so frustrating for the thousands of part time residents who have wine that they'd like to drink during a night at a local Montana restaurant. They're used to being able to do this everywhere else.

This terrible ruling costs Montana restaurants (they charge a fee to open the client bottles) many patrons and frustrates Montana residents who would like to take their wine to restaurants. Antiquated at best and long overdue for overturn and clarification.

Let's have Montana catch up with the rest of the world.

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