Pending legislation threatens to close as many as 25 Maryland wineries

Photo credit: Old Westminster Winery, https://www.facebook.com/OldWestminster/

Photo credit: Old Westminster Winery, https://www.facebook.com/OldWestminster/

Paul Vigna reports:

"The Maryland Wineries Association (MWA) has been scrambling for the past couple weeks to have a proposed bill rewritten to prevent as many as one-third of its wineries from being closed immediately.
"House Bill 742, introduced by Delegate Warren Miller from Howard County on behalf of the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association (MSLBA), states that a farm winery license may only be issued to "a location that has as its principal purpose the production of wine."
"One of those businesses it would affect significantly is Old Westminster Winery, which produces its own wine but also formed Maryland Wine Cellars last year. It's a full-service wine-making facility that area vineyards use to produce wines from their local farm produce...."

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