340A.418 WINE TASTINGS.
Subdivision 1. Definition.
For purposes of this section, a "wine tasting" is an event at which
persons pay a fee or donation to participate, and are allowed to consume wine by the glass without
paying a separate charge for each glass.
Subd. 2. Tastings authorized.
(a) A charitable, religious, or other nonprofit organization
may conduct a wine tasting of not more than four hours duration on premises the organization
owns or leases or has use donated to it, or on the licensed premises of a holder of an on-sale
intoxicating liquor license that is not a temporary license, if the organization holds a temporary
on-sale intoxicating liquor license under section
340A.404, subdivision 10
, and complies with
this section. An organization holding a temporary license may be assisted in conducting the
wine tasting by another nonprofit organization.
(b) An organization that conducts a wine tasting under this section may use the net proceeds
from the wine tasting only for:
(1) the organization's primary nonprofit purpose; or
(2) donation to another nonprofit organization assisting in the wine tasting, if the other
nonprofit organization uses the donation only for that organization's primary nonprofit purpose.
(c) No wine at a wine tasting under this section may be sold, or orders taken, for off-premises
(d) Notwithstanding any other law, an organization may purchase or otherwise obtain wine
for a wine tasting conducted under this section from a wholesaler licensed to sell wine, and the
wholesaler may sell or give wine to an organization for a wine tasting conducted under this
section and may provide personnel to assist in the wine tasting. A wholesaler who sells or gives
wine to an organization for a wine tasting under this section must deliver the wine directly to the
location where the wine tasting is conducted.
(e) This section does not prohibit or restrict a wine tasting that is:
(1) located on on-sale premises where no charitable organization is participating; or
(2) located on on-sale premises where the proceeds are for a designated charity but where the
tasting is primarily for educational purposes.
(f) The four-hour limitation specified in paragraph (a) shall not apply to a wine tasting at a
convention of fine wine and gourmet food exhibitors, provided the convention has at least 100
exhibitors and takes place over not more than three days.
History: 1994 c 611 s 25; 1996 c 418 s 10; 2005 c 131 s 6