Lawmakers could allow wine tastings at farmers markets

Legislation in Lansing would allow small winemakers to get permits to offer tastings and sell wine at farmers markets around the state.

The Detroit Free Press reports the state Senate could vote on the bill this week.

The bill, Senate Bill 79, sponsored by Republican state Sen. Goeff Hansen of Hart would limit the tastings and sales to winemakers who produce 5,000 gallons of wine a year or less, which trims the list of eligible vineyards to about 60 of the state's 100-plus winemakers.

It also requires a $25 per market permit fee for the winemaker and the approval of both the market and the local police department.

At the farmers market, each person would be limited to three 2-ounce samples of wine.