No problems in Washington alcohol sampling program

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Liquor Control Board says there have been no complaints from the public about a free alcohol sampling program that began Sept. 1 at 10 farmers markets.

Spokeswoman Ann Radford told The News Tribune (http://is.gd/Neuqew ) things are running smoothly.

Wineries report increased sales after customers have a taste.

The Legislature authorized a test of the free-tastings as a way to promote Washington breweries and wineries.

The test period runs until Nov. 1 of next year. After that it's up to state lawmakers to decide whether to extend it.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com