‘Tasting rooms’ trip up wine giant’s proposal in S.C.

Philippe Darriet, Président of the Institute for wine and vine research and head oenologist...
Philippe Darriet, Président of the Institute for wine and vine research and head oenologist fills glasses with wine for a blind tasting at the ISVV Institue in Villenave-d'Ornon, southwestern France, Monday, March 1, 2021. Researchers in Bordeaux are carefully studying a dozen bottles of French wine that returned to Earth after a stay aboard the International Space Station. They’re releasing preliminary results Wednesday. At a one-of-a-kind tasting this month, 12 connoisseurs sampled one of the space-traveled wines, blindly tasting it alongside a bottle from the same vintage that had stayed in a cellar.(Christophe Ena | AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 9:08 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A California wine maker wants to bring a new $400 million bottling center and warehouse to South Carolina.

But it’s the company’s desire to also add a few tasting rooms around the state that is slowing a bill at the Statehouse.

Gallo Winery picked Chester County as its site to build its first East Coast hub and said it hopes to hire 300 to 500 people.

South Carolina offered traditional incentives to the site but the wine company also asked for tasting rooms where people could try a number of different wines in thimble-full amounts.

After the tasting, people could buy the wine if they liked it. Restaurants and alcohol retailers are against the proposal.

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