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Wine samples available near NC State Fair

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Wine samples are almost available at the North Carolina State Fair, for the first time.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that six wineries have set up to offer samples and sales at the horse complex just across the road from Gate 8 at the fair.

The North Carolina Wine and Grape Council had lobbied agriculture officials for years to be able to offer samples and sell bottles at the fair.

State Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler previously rejected the request to sell bottles of wine on the fairgrounds. State rules prohibit the sale and consumption of alcohol at the fair and ban people from walking around with liquids in glass bottles.

Agriculture officials say next year they will likely include North Carolina breweries just across the road, too.

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