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Wine kegs rolling to Gov. Scott

by Dara Kam | April 25th, 2013

Photo: Christy Waldner/Micro Matic USA

Oenophiles may be able to get their favorite libation on tap if Gov. Rick Scott signs off on a measure unanimously approved by the Florida Senate today.

Florida and Utah are now the only two states to ban wine on tap. The Sunshine State ban is rooted in a Prohibition-era regulation capping the size of wine containers at 3 liters.

Proponents of the measure say it’s good for consumers, good for a Florida manufacturer that makes the keg taps and good for the environment because the reusable kegs hold the equivalent of 26 bottles of wine, glassware that would otherwise wind up in the dump.

The National Restaurant Association last year tapped the wine kegs as the hottest thing happening in the wine world.

The “kegerators” keep wine fresher than recorked bottles, according to the manufacturer of the kegs.

Scott will have seven days to act on the measure (HB 623) if he receives it before the session ends on May 3. The bill would go into effect on July 1 if Scott does not veto it.

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