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Liquor stores starting tastings next month

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Starting next month you'll be able to head into certain state or tribal liquor stores for liquor tasting.

Customers can get a quarter of a shot at a time and up to four tastes a trip, so they will end up having no more than one shot in a store. This is part of a yearlong pilot program by the Liquor Control Board where liquor stores can have tastings once a week. 

Vendors will provide the tasting, not the store staff. Still, the manager of the Summitview store in Yakima is excited.  He said in the 32 years he's been in the business they've gone from carrying 12 vodka brands to 130.

"Having done this for so many years there's probably 90 to 95 percent of the items I've never even tasted myself... It's for the customer convenience is what it boils down to," says Yakima Liquor Store Manager Martin Lawrence.

The tastings will be for mid to high priced alcohol, with the goal of encouraging customers to buy larger quantities and items that they've never tried.

There are three stores in our area that are going to be participating in the program: the Yakima store on 57th and Summitview, the Columbia Center Boulevard location in Kennewick, and on Van Giesen in West Richland.