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Changes could be coming to W. Va. alcohol purchasing policies

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- If you live in the state of West Virginia, you've probably never purchased wine before one o'clock on a Sunday.  With new legislation, you might be able to.

A bill just cleared in the Senate that would allow home grown wines to be sold starting at 10 A.M. on Sundays.  This is only when they're serving at fairs and festivals though.

A reason in favor of the bill was that wineries would miss out on sales for the first few hours on Sundays at fairs and festivals while other vendors could sell their craft.

"It'll be a good thing.  It's not critical to our business, but it is surely going to be helpful," says C. Richard Daniel, owner of Daniel's Vineyard LLC in Raleigh County.  

Wine and other alcoholic beverages will still not be available for purchase anywhere else in the state, including groceries stores and convenience stores, until after one 1 P.M.

The bill is still awaiting approval in the WV House of Representatives. 

Click the link for more information. http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_history.cfm?year=2013&sessiontype=rs&input=470

 

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