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Wine & Beer Sampling in Local Grocery Stores

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YAKIMA, Wash - Soon you may be able to sample beer and wine in the grocery store, but some think it's the wrong place to do it.

"If they see adults doing it, then they will think it is okay for themselves," says Valerie Miller of Yakima

Staff at a local winery would say it is no problem.

In my experience in wineries, children are always welcome, kids are welcome, we serve soft drinks and grape juice," says Tim Cook with Masset Winery in Yakima. 

A bill is awaiting the Governor's signature.  It would allow a yearlong pilot program to start.  Thirty stores in the state could do beer and wine sampling once a month.  They would be allowed to serve very small amounts in an area with less foot traffic.  It could bring more attention to local wines.

"Having our wine there, if someone had the opportunity to taste that, it would set out among other wines and mean more sales for us and all the Yakima Valley wineries,' explains Cook.

Local shoppers think under the right conditions it would be okay.     

"I don't think I would find anything wrong with it.   If it is in a controlled atmosphere, not having it in a place where kids are running back and fourth," says Tom Bridges of Yakima.

It would be up to the parents to make sure their kids don't get the wrong idea.

Well I don't see little kids shopping in there [the grocery store], I see them with their parents, so they should supervise their children," explains Ross Westwood of Yakima.