Calif. Distilleries Able to Charge for Tastings

California distillers raised a glass this week in celebration of what they called a partial legislative victory. For the first time since Prohibition, it will be legal in the state for most spirit makers to charge a fee for samples. Until the Taste California Act was passed - effective Jan. 1 - it was illegal to sell distilled spirits at the place they are made - even a sip. (San Francisco Chronicle)