This past weekend, the state of Michigan hit wine law news on two very important, but separate accounts. Firstly, last Wednesday, the Michigan House and Senate passed legislation with respect to liquor control policy in the state. The Senate and the House both passed a bill that allows Michigan establishments to sell alcohol on Sunday mornings by permit. Additionally, the bill allows restaurants and bars to extend free samples of beer, wine and spirits to their customers. (See more at Michigan Lawmakers Pass Two Liquor Control Policies.)
Additionally, the Michigan wine legislation that allows for liquor sales on Sunday mornings appears to have “an overshadowed portion that could hurt Michigan’s wineries.” (See Liquor Bill Angers Some Wine Enthusiasts.) There is a section of the wine bill that prevents wineries from selling their wine products to multiple wine distributors located within a particular region. Accordingly, this could severely hurt the business and customer market for both large- and small-scale wineries within the state of Michigan.
On the upside, the bill does allow wineries within the state of Michigan to charge for wine tastings and to allow wine tastings in supermarkets.