Alcoholic beverage control; certain licensees to provide information to consumer. (HB270)

Introduced By

Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Alcoholic beverage control; certain licensees to provide information to consumer while on the premises of licensed retailers. Allows any winery, farm winery, or wine wholesaler licensee to provide to adult customers of licensed retail establishments information about wine being consumed on such premises. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/30/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100824D
12/30/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/10/2014Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #3
01/14/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/16/2014Reported from General Laws with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2014Read first time
01/21/2014Read second time
01/21/2014Committee amendment agreed to
01/21/2014Engrossed by House as amended HB270E
01/21/2014Printed as engrossed 14100824D-E
01/22/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/22/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2014Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/14/2014Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (13-Y 0-N)
02/17/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/18/2014Read third time
02/18/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/20/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB270ER)
02/20/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB270ER)
02/20/2014Signed by Speaker
02/22/2014Signed by President
03/05/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 123 (effective 7/1/14)
03/05/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0123)


Rick Sincere writes:

Is it currently illegal for wineries to provide true information about their products to customers and potential customers?

David Bulova writes:

Good question. Virginia law states that there is no intermingling among producers/manufactuers, wholesalers, and retailers unless explicitly authorized. The issue came up last year with wine tastings at restaurants, where it was discovered that a wine wholesaler was technically not allowed to come in and provide information to customers about the wines they were drinking. This bill ensures that for educational purposes it is OK for producers and wholesalers to provide this information at a restaurant.