These sampling laws are beyond absurd. There is no legitimate reason why a rep
can't bring samples to a restaurant. It appears to be a issue of
control for the sake of control. There is no other reason that holds up under
scrutiny. These people are on an evil power trip.
It clearly makes sense to allow a restaurant to sample a wine before deciding to
add it to their wine list. Having a wine list appropriate to the cuisine that a
restaurant offers does not increase the public's consumption of alcohol. People
who want a bottle of wine with dinner will go to the restaurant that offers
something they like. Or they can dine at home or with friends where they will
enjoy the wine.It will, however, allow a restaurant to sell a better
wine to people who will buy wine anyway. And these people might come back to
that restaurant to enjoy another meal with a good wine.People who
drink will always do so. And this will allow hiring of more restaurant workers,
which in turn benefits the local economies.