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Article - Alcoholic Beverages


    (a)    (1)    There is a wine festival license.

        (2)    The Board may issue not more than four wine festival licenses each year.

    (b)    The Board may issue the license to:

        (1)    a holder of a retail license, Class 3 winery license, or Class 4 limited winery license; or

        (2)    a person that is eligible to hold a Class C multiple day or multiple event license.

    (c)    The license authorizes the holder to display and sell wine that is:

        (1)    manufactured and processed in any state; and

        (2)    distributed in the State when the license application is filed.

    (d)    A license holder shall display and sell wine:

        (1)    at retail for on– and off–premises consumption; and

        (2)    during the hours and days designated for the wine festival.

    (e)    The Board shall:

        (1)    hold a hearing on each license application; and

        (2)    publish notice of a license application hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the county one time at least 7 days before the hearing.

    (f)    (1)    Subject to paragraph (3) of this subsection, each year the Board shall choose up to 3 consecutive days for the wine festival.

        (2)    The Board shall choose a location that is not already licensed.

        (3)    A day chosen for the wine festival may not:

            (i)    be a Sunday; or

            (ii)    fall on the same weekend as the Maryland Wine Festival in Carroll County.

    (g)    Notwithstanding subsection (f)(3)(i) of this section, a holder of a wine festival license issued for use in a location where Sunday sales are allowed may make Sunday sales beginning at 10 a.m.

    (h)    Wine displayed and sold shall be:

        (1)    invoiced to the license holder by a wholesaler, Class 3 winery, or Class 4 limited winery; and

        (2)    delivered to the wine festival from the licensed premises of the wholesaler, Class 3 winery, or Class 4 limited winery.

    (i)    A holder of a State wholesale, Class 3 winery, or Class 4 limited winery license may enter into an agreement with the license holder to:

        (1)    deliver wine not earlier than 2 days before the effective date of the license; and

        (2)    accept returns not later than 5 days after the expiration date of the license.

    (j)    The Board shall establish the license fee.

    (k)    The Board shall adopt regulations to carry out this section.

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