63-a. Liquor tasting. 1. (a) Any person licensed pursuant to section sixty-one or sixty-two of this article shall be permitted to conduct consumer tastings of liquor in establishments licensed under section sixty-three of this article to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. (b) Any person holding a retail license to sell liquor under this chapter shall be permitted to conduct consumer tastings of liquor upon such person's licensed premises.
2. All consumer tastings of liquor shall be conducted subject to the following limitations:
(a) tastings of liquor shall be conducted by the licensee or an authorized agent of the licensee. Such licensee or agent shall be physically present upon the premises at all times during the conducting of the consumer tasting of liquor.
(b) no more than a total of three samples of liquor may be provided for tasting to a person in one calendar day.
(c) no sample of liquor for tasting may exceed one-quarter fluid ounce.
(d) any liability stemming from a right of action resulting from a consumer tasting of liquor authorized by this section and in accordance with the provisions of sections 11-100 and 11-101 of the general obligations law, shall accrue to the licensee, who conducted such tasting.
3. The state liquor authority shall promulgate rules and regulations regarding liquor tastings as provided for in this section.
Last modified: February 3, 2019